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Waterstones Week In Books Quiz, 20th June 2014
Colin Firth this week announced a "conscious uncoupling" from which favourite children's book character?
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
Question 1 Explanation:
Despite the much anticipated big screen debut for the little bear from darkest Peru being almost complete, Firth has "come to the sad realization that he simply doesn't have his voice". Which is probably just as well - Paddington can't be Mr Darcy. That's be just too weird.
Which author had a controversial dinner of rabbit in cider, rosemary and thyme this week?
Question 2 Explanation:
Winterson caused debate when she announced on Twitter "Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.” - alongside a picture of a skinned rabbit carcass. Was it the image or the terror of Winterson's lust for revenge that got people wound up? Let's just say we've crossed our fingers that we're not on her list of enemies.
A letter uncovered this week written by Charles Baudelaire described fellow author Victor Hugo as...
"oddly alluring, in spite of his vulgarity"
Question 3 Explanation:
Baudelaire complains that Hugo "keeps on sending me stupid letters" and that they prove that "by a fatal law, a genius is always an idiot". This is despite the fact that Baudelaire publicly praised Hugo on numerous occasions. Soucoupe de lait pour la table 12...
From which seminal story by Daniel Keyes, who sadly passed away this week, does this line come: "If the operashun werks good Ill show that mouse I can be as smart as he is even smarter,"?
The Minds of Billy Milligan
Algernon, Charlie and I
Flowers for Algernon
Question 4 Explanation:
In the book, Charlie, who has an IQ of 68, is the subject of an experiment to increase his intelligence after the procedure is trialled successfully on a mouse named Algernon. All does NOT go well... Read it.
It's official - which classic fictional character was ruled this week by a US court to be most definitely in the public domain, and fair game to any writer who wishes to include them in their books and stories?
The Cat in the Hat
Question 5 Explanation:
Cue Holmes vs Zombies/Vampires/Sea Monsters presumably... Or maybe he'll team up with Robert Langdon in the next Dan Brown book. That idea, (c) Waterstones 2014.
An exhibition of pictures by pop-art godfather Richard Hamilton have gone on display this week at the British Museum. The images were part of a lifelong project to illustrate which book?
The Waste Land
Question 6 Explanation:
The pictures were actually accepted by the British Government in lieu of unpaid taxes on the artist's estate following his death. Money saving tip - get drawing.
Which writer said this week in a lecture to Cambridge University, published in the London Review of Books, that he had never "been particularly left-wing" and was "happy never to have trod that dreary safari from left to right which generally comes with age, a trip writers in particular seem drawn to, Amis, Osborne, Larkin, Iris Murdoch all ending up at the spectrum's crusty and cliched end"
Question 7 Explanation:
Of course it was Alan Bennett! What a lovely, loping turn of phrase, undercut with a biting sarcasm and just a hint of tea and biscuits. His address was actually about his belief that "Private education is not fair. Those who provide it know it. Those who pay for it know it. Those who have to sacrifice in order to purchase it know it. And those who receive it know it, or should. And if their education ends without it dawning on them, then that education has been wasted."
It was announced on Thursday that the new novel from Haruki Murakami will come with...
A CD soundtrack
A graphic novel
A tube of Love Hearts sweets
Question 8 Explanation:
OK, so, the book is called Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. "Tsukuru" means to make in Japanese and the book features characters called Mr Red, Mr Blue, Miss White, Miss Black as well as the eponymous hero. So there's red, blue, black and white stickers to make your own cover. Obvious really.
An English theatre company is the first ever in the UK, and only the second since an ill-fated Broadway production, to be granted permission to recreate which classic novel on stage?
Far From the Madding Crowd
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
A Farewell to Arms
Question 9 Explanation:
The company, Imitating the Dog, who are based in Lancaster, will premiere their interpretation of Hemingway's classic semi-autobiographical story in Lancaster this October, before taking it on tour. The deal was struck as part of a cultural exchange, which will see a theatre company in Idaho perform Jim Cartwright's gritty northern drama, Road (to a bunch of confused onlookers).
The biggest book of the week is undoubtedly The Silkworm by Robert "My friends call me Jo" Galbraith - how many swear words are used in its first chapter?
Question 10 Explanation:
If you're interested, that breaks down to 7 F-words and 2 S-ones. There was debate over whether to count "bloody" but we thought that even Harry Potter would probably not blush at that. So we didn't.
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