It took place on Tuesday 13th at 78 in Glasgow, and as promised, here are the questions.
The answers to each of these questions includes one of the 32 countries present at the World Cup in South Africa. Beware of homonyms
1. In which country is Hamlet set?
2. Which country gets its name from the title of an epic poem written by Spanish cleric Martin del Barco Centenera in 1602?
3. In which country was crime writer Ngaio Marsh born?
4. James Clavell’s epic 1975 novel Shogun was set in which country?
5. Which writer of schoolgirl fiction’s books include The Fortunes of Philippa?
6. In which country was Ben Okri born?
7. What is the title of John Le Carré’s 1968 spy novel set in Bonn?
8. Who wrote the children’s novel The Owl Service?
9. In which country was Albert Camus born?
10. Which French poet, novelist and playwright won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922?
11. What is the first book of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy?
12. Which Labour peer wrote the 2006 novel The Minotaur?
13. Which three headed creature was tricked into eating drugged honey cakes in Virgil’s Aeneid?
14. Who is the Invisible Man in HG Wells’ 1897 novel?
15. What is an Ent?
16. In whose books do the Nac Mac Feegles appear?
17. What kind of creature is CS Lewis’s Mr Tumnus?
18. Who wrote the children’s novel The Phoenix and the Carpet?
19. Who wrote the poem The Kraken?
20. Complete the quote from Psalms 22:21. “Save me from the Lion’s mouth; for thou hast heard me from the horns of…”
21. Which railway station takes its name from a Walter Scott novel?
22. Who wrote the poem Adlestrop about an unscheduled stop at a rural station?
23. “This is the night mail crossing the border / bringing the cheque and the postal order” Name the poem and poet
24. Who is Michael Bond’s most famous creation?
25. What is the name of Elizabeth Smart’s 1945 prose-poem about her affair with British poet George Barker?
26. In 2007, Peter Ashley edited a collection of poems called Railway Rhymes. Which station’s grand reopening was the book published to coincide with?
27. Who were Roberta, Peter and Phyllis Waterbury?
28. Which detective features in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express?
29. How does Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina die?
30. Who created Thomas the Tank Engine?
31. Which publisher was set up by an Arran-born son of crofters and grandfather of a twentieth century Prime Minister in 1843?
32. Which publisher shares its name with an area of london between Euston and Holborn that includes the British Museum?
33. Which publisher is named after a small seabird of the auk family?
34. Which publisher’s name is defined as a noisy, scolding and domineering woman?
35. For which publisher did TS Eliot begin working in 1925?
36. Which publisher is named after a fish-eating bird with a large throat pouch?
37. Which publisher gets its name from the Greek god of shepherds and flocks?
38. Which publisher was co-founded by Carly Simon’s father in 1924?
39. Which publisher was known mainly for its Beatrix Potter and Observers’ books
40. What is the largest University publisher in the world?
All I need is the thing/person/book that comes fourth in the sequence. Oh, and why too
41. 1974; 1977; 1980
42. John Betjeman; Ted Hughes; Andrew Motion
43. The Jewel in the Crown; The Day of the Scorpion; The Towers of Silence
44. In historical order – Henry VI Part 1; Henry VI Part 2; Henry VI Part 3
45. 6 – Heresy; 7 – Violence; 8 – Fraud
46. 1950 Bertrand Russell; 1951 Pär Lagerkvist; 1952 Francois Mauriac
47. Sodom and Gomorrah; The Prisoner; The Fugitive
48. 2006 Kiran Desai; 2007 Anne Enright; 2008 Aravind Adiga
49. Casino Royale; Live and Let Die; Moonraker
50. The Knight; The Miller; The Reeve
SCOT OR NOT
Ten writers. All I need to know is whether they were born in Scotland (Scot) or elsewhere (Not)
51. Alistair Maclean
52. Compton Mackenzie
53. Doris Lessing
54. Denise Mina
55. Hugh MacLennan
56. Colleen McCullough
57. Neil Gunn
58. James Kelman
59. Naomi Mitchison
60. John Banville
The answers are in the comments box