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1. In Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ which game was played with flamingos and hedeghogs?

Answer
Croquet

2. The Latin phrase ‘primus inter pares’ is a principle applied in political and religious contexts – and is also the title of which novel by Jeffrey Archer?

Answer
First Among Equals

3. The daughter of which famed Hollywood actress wrote the 1978 biography ‘Mommie Dearest’ – was it Bette Davis or Joan Crawford?

Answer
Joan Crawford

4. Best known for writing crime fiction, is P.D. James male or female?

Answer
Female
(Phyllis Dorothy)

5. In George Orwell’s animal farm, Old Major is a wise and persuasive pig who inspires a rebellion and promotes which political ideology?

Answer
Communism

6. With estimated sales of up to 800 million books, which best-selling author penned over 25 titles including ‘Tycoon’ and ‘Stiletto’?

Answer
Harold Robbins

7. Which sportsman wrote the 2015 book ‘Interesting – My Autobiography’?

Answer
Steve Davis

8. In a 2016 poll to find the most popular children’s hero and villain, the most popular in each category came from the same series, who were they?

Answer
Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort

9. According to the story by the Brothers Grimm, a Queen had to guess the name of which dwarf in order to prevent losing her child?

Answer
Rumpelstiltskin

10. Which Charles Dickens novel centres around the life of an orphan named Pip?

Answer
Great Expectations

11. Which fictional place was described by author James Hilton in his novel ‘Lost Paradise’ as a mystical, harmonious valley?

Answer
Shangri-La

12. In 1998 the government lost a long running battle to stop the publication of a book by former secret service agent Peter Wright – what was the title of the book?

Answer
Spycatcher

13. For the next three questions can you name the novel from the piece of dialogue?
Book Title…

Answer
Lord of the Rings
(J. R. R. Tolkien)

14. Book Title…

Answer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
(Mark Twain)

15. Book Title…

Answer
War of the Worlds
(H.G. Wells)

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