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Waterstones Week In Books Quiz, 28th March
What news story brought Alan Bennett, Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Pullman and Joanne Harris together this week?
The disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370
The Oscar Pistorius trial
A ban on books for prisoners
The Max Clifford... ahem, penis debacle
Question 1 Explanation:
According to the Independent, the authors signed a letter condemning the controversial rules which would "prevent inmates from receiving parcels from the outside unless they have “exceptional circumstances”... Books, subscription magazines and clothing such as spare socks and underwear are all prohibited."
Announced this week, above illustration is taken from a new edition of...
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Question 2 Explanation:
The picture, by John Vernon Lord for the Folio Society, shows the first encounter between Earwicker and the "cad with the pope". But you knew that, right?
Who released a new chapter from their much anticipated next book this week?
George R.R. Martin
Question 3 Explanation:
The Winds of Winter... is coming. Mr Martin released the chapter on his website - which may sate fans for a few minutes... Then they'll go back to moaning about it not being out yet... Poor guy! He's just a man! It's not his fault it takes ages to write a book!
Which pop star is Faber's new artist in residence?
Scritti Politti singer Green Gartside
The Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke
The Happy Mondays'... well, Bez
Question 4 Explanation:
Pop star and academic philosopher Gartside takes over from DJ Andrew Weatherall. You have to admit it, Faber are pretty cool. Though T.S. Eliot would totally hate all this stuff.
The really rather racy love letters of which author to their Australian lover are being sold by a rare books dealer?
Question 5 Explanation:
And when we say racy, we're not talking about Bond-double entendres. It's much more Fifty Shades than that... Seriously smutty stuff. No, we're not going to tell you what they say, you'll have to buy them for £48k and read them for yourself. You filthy lot, you.
An old story that was doing the rounds again this week, Harvard's library contains three books which...
Are bound using human skin
Are written in an entirely unknown "alien language"
Are written backwards and upside down - for no apparent reason
Are written by Richard Ford
Question 6 Explanation:
Yes. One is inscribed “the bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive... Requiescat in pace.” Wouldn't not using his skin for a book's cover help him requiescat that bit more pace-y?
A previously unpublished story by Tennessee Williams is to appear in the next issue of Strand magazine. What is it called?
Cat with Burned Feet
A Streetcar (Unnamed)
My name is not weird
Question 7 Explanation:
It features Anna Jean - who appears in Williams' notebooks and memoirs. He apparently had a "poignant and innocent little affair" with a girl of that name. Can't have been that innocent if it was a Crazy Night. Gotcha there Tennessee.
Which author's face made it onto some currency this week? (N.B. - we're obviously not talking about Jane Austen, she's just there for illustration. Would be totally stupid to put the answer up there.)
Question 8 Explanation:
The Nobel Prize winner will appear on a $5 commemorative silver coin. Which will cost $69.95... Huh?
What is Louise Erdrich - American National Book Award winner - describing in the below passage from a short story published this week?
"The orderly, mechanical regularity of the metalworking shop had been abandoned. Now it was more like a pack of wolves snarling over a kill. I closed my eyes. On my mental screen I saw lions driving the wolves — or hyenas, maybe — into the veld. On a hill overlooking the bloody feast, a baboon whooped."
A bombing run during the Blitz
Overhearing her parents having sex
Question 9 Explanation:
We definitely don't snore so haven't a clue what she's talking about...
And finally, which book won the 36th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year this week?
How to Poo on a Date
Are Trout South African?
The Origin of Feces
Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography
Question 10 Explanation:
According to The Bookseller, "Previous titles from Mats & Enzo, How to Poo on Holiday, How to Poo at Work and How to Bonk at Work, were all previously nominated for the prize." They should probably just go ahead and publish one called "How to Name Books so That They Win the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year".
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