The Book Lover's Quiz Book: Novel Conundrums (Hardback)
  • The Book Lover's Quiz Book: Novel Conundrums (Hardback)
  • The Book Lover's Quiz Book: Novel Conundrums (Hardback)
The Book Lover's Quiz Book: Novel Conundrums (Hardback)

The Book Lover's Quiz Book: Novel Conundrums (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 05/11/2020
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Waterstones Says

Packed with imaginative and engaging puzzles about books, authors and the joys of reading, Wigglesworth’s charming volume is a bibliophile’s dream.  

This is a literary quiz book with a difference. Rather than basic sets of questions, The Book Lover's Quiz Book mirrors the format of Gary's live quizzes, at the Betsey Trotwood in London and elsewhere. So, there are lots of multiple-choice questions, some amusing answers, clever red herrings, little-known facts about authors and some of the much-loved Say What You See picture round.

Also, there are fixed and variable rounds - fixed ones include 'Blankety Books' (one word missing from the title - always with a theme), 'Literary Links and lists' (what connects/next in the list etc.) and '2 of a Kind' (name the character and the author that share the same initials). The changeable rounds keep the quizzes fresh and include 'What the Dickens?' (real or made-up Dickens names), 'RomeNo or JuliYess' (real or made-up Shakespearian insults) and 'Book Bingo!' (identify the correct number). There are also more standard rounds such as 'First Lines', 'Working Titles' and 'Banned Books'.

The aim of all Gary's quizzes, and this book, is that people should have fun and be able to guess (if they don't know) as much as possible.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472145291
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 325 g
Dimensions: 204 x 130 x 28 mm


The perfect gift for quizzers. - Val McDermid

Consistently fun and often also very funny. - Alan Connor, author of The Joy of Quiz

What a wonderful, joyous, fun book this is. For book lovers every answer jogs a warm memory, while every unknown signposts a future literary treat. - Stuart Turton, author of iThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle & The Devil and the Dark Water

This is the ultimate literary quiz book and Gary Wigglesworth is the quizmaster to end all quizmasters. - David Quantick, author of Night Train and writer for The Thick of It and Veep

Perfect for you if you love books and can't be bothered to answer questions on anything else. - Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike mysteries

My favourite quiz, now in book form! - Anne Miller, QI elf and author of Mickey and the Animal Spies

Gary's quiz nights are genuinely legendary, and in the old times they were a place you could guarantee seeing at least one or two of the QI Elves - racking our brains. So I can't recommend this book highly enough . . . - James Harkin, Head QI Elf and podcaster for No Such Thing as a Fish

Perfect for book-lovers, quiz-lovers and literary-fact-lovers. Witty and interesting; clever and challenging - while still having something for everyone (especially those brilliant Say What You See drawings). This book is great fun. - Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons and Bitter Orange

The Book Lover's Quiz Book is my new go-to gift for readers, writers, culture vultures and word-nerds. Smart, witty, challenging, and endless fun. I can't imagine a book quiz book done better. - Michael Hughes, author of Country and The Countenance Divine

Brilliantly inventive and entertaining questions from the bookworm's bookworm. - Mark Mason, author of Question Time, Walk the Lines and many more

A quiz book that manages that elusive balance between the hugely satisfying and the brain ticklingly challenging. A must have for book lovers. - Anna James, author of Pages & Co

Quite literally The Book of All Books! A little piece of heaven for the competitive literature lover. - Jayne Sharp, writer, voice-over artist, comedy actress @jaynesharp

Outside of a dog, The Book Lover's Quiz Book is every bookworm's best friend - inside of a dog . . . well, if you know the rest, you're going to love this book. - Peter Hanington, author of A Dying Breed and A Single Source

Whether in person in the pub or online on Twitter, Gary Wigglesworth's book quizzes are never less than witty, addictive and informative. His 'Say What You See' drawings representing book titles - for example a gravestone bearing the symbol p - are a particular highlight. This volume collects together twenty-four quizzes, including a Christmas-themed one, for you to play at home, with friends and family or via Zoom. The perfect gift for the book lover in your life. - Paul Tudor Owen, author of The Weighing of the Heart

As we inch towards the end of the year that saw many of us became ardent armchair quizzers, The Book Lover's Quiz Book is the ideal Christmas present for the reader in your life, regardless of age, ability, or taste. So much love and thought has gone into making this book both challenging and accessible. Loved the touches of humour throughout. - Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies and Cold Stone Heart

A book quiz quiz book what more could lovers of books, quizzes and quizzes about books desire? And marvellous it is too, Wigglesworth proving himself quite the literary Magnus Magnusson of our social media age. - Travis Elborough, author of The Bus We Loved, The Long-Player Goodbye

Think you know your literary trivia? Think again! A fun, and occasionally fiendish, collection of questions to test even the most ardent quizzer. - Scott Pack, publisher, author and editor

It's brilliant. Love the cartoon clues. Couldn't stop playing. Well done. - Martin Walker, author of the Bruno detective series

I love pub quizzes and this is a chance to recreate one of the best at home. - Mhairi McFarlane, author of Who's That Girl and You Had Me At Hello

Gary's quizzes are perfectly pitched . . . this book will make an ideal Christmas present for readers who enjoy a good quiz. -

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Thank you to the publishers for an early review copy, it looks brilliant.
Great mix of question styles, genres etc.
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An excellent selection of bookish fun and games that will keep this family of book lovers happy for many hours. A mixture of pictures, conundrums, quotes and other imaginative methods of asking questions. Thoroughly... More

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