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Waterstones Week In Books Quiz, 6th June 2014
Eimear McBride last night won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel...
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
My Prize-Winning Debut
Question 1 Explanation:
Six months in the writing - almost ten years in the selling! Congratulations!
Which children's book topped a poll announced this week as the UK's favourite?
Winnie the Pooh
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Question 2 Explanation:
All of the above made it into the poll, which was run by the charity Barnardo's, apart from J.K. Rowling's modern classic. She must be kicking herself for not calling it Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Pooh.
Another quick poll as it appears to be that time of year - which literary put-down was voted the greatest of all time?
"My dear, I don't give a damn." - Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
"May your genitals sprout wings and fly away." - Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
"To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune, Mr Worthing, to lose both looks like carelessness" - The Importance Of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
"If you will forgive me for being personal, I do not like your face." - Murder On The Orient Express, Agatha Christie
Question 3 Explanation:
Rhett Butler's harsh words to Scarlet - famously changed to "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." in the film version - won out over all of the above. It's really rather cutting and would no doubt have left Scarlet with a bitter taste in her mouth and - by all accounts - a rather horrid smell in her nostrils from Clark Gable's stinky breath.
The sexually explicit fan-fiction series After by 25 year-old Anna Todd - originally shared on the self-publishing platform Wattpad - has been bought by Simon and Schuster for worldwide publication. But, which star(s) is it written about?
Ant and Dec
George R.R. Martin
Question 4 Explanation:
Yes. In the stories, 18 year-old Tessa Young has her “simple life” “shattered…[by] a rude boy named Harry” - who then goes on to introduce her to his pals... whatever their names are. It features "detailed sexual scenes and tons of explicit language" - so like that video of them that was recently leaked which fans ended up burning their tickets over. Anyway, it's meant to be the new Twilight, so... Gross.
It's up for sale this week - which children's author bought this painting by Francis Bacon - Study for Head of Lucian Freud - in 1987?
L Frank Baum
Question 5 Explanation:
Dahl was actually friends with the artist and said of his work - "No paintings stir and excite me quite as much as those of Francis Bacon." If you find yourself equally moved, you can buy the painting for a cool £12 million.
Former Labour MP Denis MacShane is to follow in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde by...
Going on a book tour of America in outlandish garb
Being played by Stephen Fry in a biopic
Publishing his prison diaries
Moving in to No. 34 Tite Street, Chelsea
Question 6 Explanation:
Having been imprisoned for false expenses, MacShane has now signed a deal to write up the story of his time inside. Maybe his advance will help him pay back the £13,000 he claimed.
Who did novelist Robert Harris describe in an interview this week as a "tragic narcissist with a messiah complex"?
Question 7 Explanation:
They used to be best buds, but now Harris is a staunch critic of the former Prime Minister, who he sees as having turned his back on the UK since leaving office. Many were pleased to see him go...
Strange that we've mentioned this topic before but... another book at Harvard's Houghton Library has been discovered to be bound in human skin. What does the inscription in the book - Des destinées de l'ame - say to explain this fact?
"Leather is leather"
"A book about the human soul deserved to have a human covering"
"The Revolution made this book"
"Man perishes if not for reading"
Question 8 Explanation:
It continues "I had kept this piece of human skin taken from the back of a woman." No mention was made of whether the author enjoyed her liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
The Most Dangerous Book - Kevin Birmingham's new book about the making of James Joyce's Ulysses, contends that the author...
Didn't write all of Ulysses himself
Faked his death
Was actually Welsh
Question 9 Explanation:
Didn't they ALL have syphilis though? The conclusion was reached when the author considered the partial blindness Joyce suffered for most of his life and his penchant for prostitutes.
And finally, how much would it cost to get George R.R. Martin to kill you?
Question 10 Explanation:
The author is auctioning off the chance for a fan with a fat wallet to feature in one of his book - and be brutally slaughtered. Won't a real world name stand out like a sore thumb in his fantasy narrative though? Unless Channel 4's Jon Snow were to win the auction. What would happen then? Would there be TWO Jon Snows? Or would George R.R. Martin be forced to kill off his own Jon Snow to please the real world Jon Snow? Attention real Jon Snow - PLEASE don't bid in this auction. PLEASE.
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