This quiz consists of 150 questions. They are grouped in sets of three, each containing one easy, one intermediate, and one difficult question. Award 3 points for a correct answer without a prompt, 2 points after the first prompt, and 1 point after the second prompt.
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
Prompt 1: This book was first published in 1928, but banned in the UK where it was only published in full in 1960.
Prompt 2: The person referred to in the title is the gamekeeper Mellors.
Answer: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence, 1928
Call me Ishmael
Prompt 1: This is about the obsession of Captain Ahab.
Prompt 2: Originally published in the UK as The Whale.
Answer: Moby Dick, Herman Melville, 1850
Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego
Prompt 1: The story about a dog who leads a pack of wolves after the death of his master.
Prompt 2: The author is Jack London.
Answer: Call of the Wild, Jack London, 1903
Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father’s house in Beldover, working and talking.
Prompt 1: On its publication in 1920 a reviewer described this book as an “analytical study of sexual depravity”.
Prompt 2: A movie version was directed by Ken Russel in 1969, with Alan Bates and Oliver Reed.
Answer: Women in Love, DH Lawrence, 1920
It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Prompt 1: The book was published in 1830; the author’s name is Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.
Prompt 2: The title of the book is the name of the hero, a highwayman.
Answer: Paul Clifford, Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1830
Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.
Prompt 1: This was the only novel by this author and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.
Prompt 2: It is set during the American Civil War and is one of the most popular films ever made.
Answer: Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 1936
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
Prompt 1: The name appearing as author is Isak Dinesen; however the author’s real name was Karen Blixen.
Prompt 2: Meryl Streep played the role of Karen Blixen in the 1985 movie.
Answer: Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen, 1937
Mr Utterson the lawyer was a man of rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty and dreary, and yet somehow lovable.
Prompt 1: The author is Robert Louis Stevenson.
Prompt 2: It is the story about a man with two personalities.
Answer: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886
I was born, in the year of 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull.
Prompt 1: The author of this book, which was published in 1719, also wrote Moll Flanders.
Prompt 2: It’s the story of a man shipwrecked on an island.
Answer: Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, 1719
Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...
Prompt 1: This is substantially an autobiographical work, published serially in 1914-15.
Prompt 2: The author is James Joyce.
Answer: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, 1916
The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it.
Prompt 1: This is a children’s story, the only book written by the author for which she received £20.
Prompt 2: This book was briefly banned in South Africa because the authorities thought the title referred to a woman; it actually refers to a horse.
Answer: Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, 1877
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
Prompt 1: This book, published in 1849-50, was the author’s favourite and in some respects autobiographical.
Prompt 2: The characters in the story include Uriah Heep and Mr Micawber.
Answer: David Copperfield. Charles Dickens, 1850
I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
Prompt 1: Published in 1847, the title refers to the name of a property.
Prompt 2: The name of the landlord is Heathcliff.
Answer: Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, 1847
You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.
Prompt 1: The alternative title of this book, published in 1818, was The Modern Prometheus.
Prompt 2: The basis of many movies, but Boris Karloff was the definitive title character.
Answer: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 1818
Although she herself was ill enough to justify being in bed had she been a person weak-minded enough to give up, Rose Sayer could see that her brother, the Reverend Samuel Sayer, was far more ill.
Prompt 1: Miss Sayer teams up with gin-drinking Charlie Allnutt in this adventure story.
Prompt 2: In the 1951 movie these characters were portrayed by Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
Answer: The African Queen, CS Forester, 1935
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice “without pictures or conversation?”
Prompt 1: The author’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
Prompt 2: This story was written in 1865 for the author’s young friend Alice Liddel, and the original title was Alice’s Adventures Underground.
Answer: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, 1865
a pleasure to burn.
Prompt 1: This is a Science Fiction book about the future where all printed material is banned.
Prompt 2: The author is Ray Bradbury, who was not happy when Michael Moore used this title as the basis for one of his films.
Answer: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, 1954
Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
Prompt 1: Probably the most famous book by this author who was born in Mississippi, where most of his stories are set in imaginary Yoknapatawpha County, and who won the Noble Prize in 1949.
Prompt 2: The story is told in the interior voices of three brothers, including Benjy, a 33 year-old idiot.
Answer: The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner, 1929
Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonour her.
Prompt 1: This was the basis of a very famous 1972 movie.
Prompt 2: Al Pacino and James Caan were two of Marlon Brando’s sons in the movie.
Answer: The Godfather, Mario Puzo, 1969
Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
Prompt 1: One of the classics of 20th century literature. Originally in Spanish, it was published in English in 1970
Prompt 2: The story of the village of Macondo over 100 years
Answer: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967
The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.
Prompt 1: This was the first in a very popular series about the escapades of a dashing secret agent.
Prompt 2: The film version in 1967 was a rather unsuccessful spoof of other James Bond films. It is being remade in 2006.
Answer: Casino Royale, Ian Fleming, 1953
When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
Prompt 1: This was the first volume in a series of three books.
Prompt 2: It was written by JRR Tolkien in 1954.
Answer: The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien, 1954
On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below.
Prompt 1: This short book is one of the masterpieces of American literature.
A monk who witnesses death of these five unrelated people then embarks on a quest to explain the workings of divine providence
Prompt 2: The author is Thornton Wilder.
Answer: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder, 1927
There are moments of great luxury in the life of a secret agent.
Prompt 1: The 1973 movie was Roger Moore’s first as James Bond.
Prompt 2: Paul McCartney did the title song for the movie.
Answer: Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming, 1954
It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
Prompt 1: A love story which takes place over fifty years, nine months, and four days.
Prompt 2: The author won the Nobel Prize in 1982, three years before this work was published in Colombia as El Amor en los tiempos del colera.
Answer: Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marques, 1985
In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.
Prompt 1: The story of a love affair between an American soldier and an English nurse in Italy during the First World War.
Prompt 2: The author shot himself in 1961.
Answer: A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemmingway, 1929
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
Prompt 1: When published in 1847 this book, although written by a woman, was considered unsuitable for young ladies due to its sexual undercurrent.
Prompt 2: The author is Charlotte Bronte.
Answer: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, 1847
All children, except one, grow up.
Prompt 1: Originally a children’s play, the book was published in 1911.
Prompt 2: Johnny Depp played the role of the author in the 2004 movie Finding Neverland.
Answer: Peter Pan, JM Barrie, 1911
It was morning and the new sun sparkled across the ripples of the gentle sea
Prompt 1: Neil Diamond wrote the music for the 1973 movie version.
Prompt 2: The author is Richard Bach.
Answer: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach, 1970
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Prompt 1: This is a story about London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution.
Prompt 2: The author is Charles Dickens.
Answer: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, 1859
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
Prompt 1: This story is narrated by the innocent bystander Nick Carraway.
Prompt 2: Nick Carraway is the cousin of Daisy Buchanan.
Answer: The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.
Prompt 1: A novella about a Presbyterian minister and his two sons and their love of fishing.
Prompt 2: In the 1992 Robert Redford movie Brad Pitt was the wild son.
Answer: A River Runs Through it, Norman Maclean, 1989
There were four of us – George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were – bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.
Prompt 1: Montmorency is a dog, so there are only three men who go on an outing.
Prompt 2: The author is Jerome K Jerome.
Answer: Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome, 1889
Granted: I am an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there’s a peephole in the door, and my keeper’s eye is the shade of brown than can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.
Prompt 1: The original title is “Die Blechtrommel”.
Prompt 2: It’s the story of a boy who stops growing when the Nazis come to power, and the only outlet for his anger is his “Blechtrommel”.
Answer: The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass, 1959
I was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.
Prompt 1: Some characters featured are Bagheera the black panther, and Baloo the bear.
Prompt 2: It’s the story of the boy Mowgli.
Answer: The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling, 1894
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
Prompt 1: This was made into a famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940.
Prompt 2: The author is Daphne Du Maurier.
Answer: Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier, 1938
What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me.
Prompt 1: This book was made into a very popular tearjerker in 1970.
Prompt 2: The movie starred Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw.
Answer: Love Story, Erich Segal, 1970
Except for the Marabar Caves – and they are twenty miles off – the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary.
Prompt 1: The big question in this novel, published in 1924, is ‘What really happened in the Marabar Caves?’
Prompt 2: This was the author’s last novel as well as the last movie of director David Lean.
Answer: A Passage to India, EM Forster, 1924
The boys, as they talked to the girls from Marcia Blaine School, stood on the far side of their bicycles holding the handlebars, which established a protective fence of bicycle between the sexes, and the impression that at any moment the boys were likely to be away.
Prompt 1: This is a story about an eccentric Edinburgh schoolteacher.
Prompt 2: This role was superbly played by Maggie Smith in the 1969 movie.
Answer: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark, 1961
On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore or Blackmoor.
Prompt 1: The subtitle of this book, published in 1891, was A Pure Woman.
Prompt 2: It was made into a movie in 1979, directed by Roman Polanski.
Answer: Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy, 1891
He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees.
Prompt 1: In the 1943 movie, Ingrid Bergman played the part of Maria.
Prompt 2: It is the story of an American mercenary fighting for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War.
Answer: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemmingway, 1940
The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail.
Prompt 1: The action takes place in the seaside community of Amity Island and on board a small boat with three men.
Prompt 2: The 1975 movie broke Steven Spielberg into the big time and kept everyone else out of the water.
Answer: Jaws, Peter Benchley, 1974
In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.
Prompt 1: A science fiction book set in the year 10 991. It was published in 1965, the first of a series.
Prompt 2: Made into a very long and confused movie by David Lynch in 1984.
Answer: Dune, Frank Herbert, 1965
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
Prompt 1: In this 1898 story, the Earth is then invaded by Martians.
Prompt 2: The 2005 movie version was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Cruise.
Answer: The War of the Worlds, HG Wells, 1898
“The marvellous thing is that it's painless," he said.
Prompt 1: This short story, from 1936, is set in Africa.
Prompt 2: Harry tells the story while as he is dying from a gangrenous leg while on safari.
Answer: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernest Hemingway, 1936
My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.
Prompt 1: The film version of this novel, made in 1946 by director David Lean starred Alec Guinness as Pip.
Prompt 2: Another character in the story is Miss Havisham.
Answer: Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, 1860
Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth.
Prompt 1: This book, published in 1926, was by a Lebanese poet, philosopher, and artist.
Prompt 2: His name is Kahlil Gibran.
Answer: The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran, 1926
I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that somber city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock; sometimes a not so innocent.
Prompt 1: The author was born in Canada, but set many of his books in his home town of Chicago. He won the Nobel Prize in 1976.
Prompt 2: The author’s original name was Solomon Bellows.
Answer: The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow, 1953
For many years my home has been in the Northern Frontier Province of Kenya, that vast stretch of semiarid thornbush, covering some hundred and twenty thousand square miles, which extends from Mount Kenya to the Abyssinian border.
Prompt 1: This is the story of Elsa, who was unforgettable in the 1966 movie.
Prompt 2: Elsa is a lion cub.
Answer: Born Free: A Lioness of Two World, Joy Adamson, 1960
A sharp clip-crop of iron-shod hoofs deadened and died away, and clouds of yellow dust drifted from under the cottonwoods out over the sage.
Prompt 1: Published in 1912, this is the most popular book by this author of over 60 books of Western fiction which have sold over 15 million copies.
Prompt 2: The author is Zane Grey.
Answer: Riders of the Purple Sage, Zane Grey, 1912
"Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes.”
Prompt 1: This is the story of three aristocratic families during the Napoleonic Wars.
Prompt 2: It was published in 1863-9 in Russian.
Answer: War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1863-9
When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
Prompt 1: The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, where the town bogeyman is called Boo Radley.
Prompt 2: The story is narrated by eight-year old Scout Finch, who lives in Maycomb with her brother Jem and father Atticus.
Answer: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960
It was love at first sight.
Prompt 1: This novel is set on the Mediterranean island of Pianosa during World War II.
Prompt 2: Its cast of characters include Yossarian, Milo Minderbinder, General Dreedle, and Major Major.
Answer: Catch 22, Joseph Heller, 1961
“I have been here before,” I said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago on a cloudless day in June, when the ditches were creamy with meadowsweet and the air heavy with all the scents of summer; it was a day of peculiar splendour, and though I had been there so often, in so many moods, it was to that first visit that my heart returned on this, my latest.
Prompt 1: This story, published in 1945, is narrated by Charles Ryder.
Prompt 2: The author is Evelyn Waugh.
Answer: Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh, 1945
I am going to pack my two shirts with my other socks and my best suit in the little blue cloth my mother used to tie around her hair when she did the house, and I’m going from the Valley.
Prompt 1: This was the basis of an excellent 1941 movie by John Ford.
Prompt 2: It deals with the lives of Welsh coal miners.
Answer: How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn, 1939
Someone must have traduced Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.
Prompt 1: Published in 1925, this was one of this Czech-born author’s three novels.
Prompt 2: The original title was “Der Prozess”.
Answer: The Trial, Franz Kafka, 1925
As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a den; and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and as I slept I dreamed a dream.
Prompt 1: Published in 1678, the subtitle of this work was From this World to that which is to come.
Prompt 2: An allegory in the form of a dream in two parts, where the author travels to such places as the Slough of Despond, the House Beautiful, and the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Answer: The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, 1678
“You too will marry a boy I choose,” said Mrs Rupa Mehra firmly to her youngest daughter.
Prompt 1: This is the story of the Mehras, Khans, Kapoors and Chatterjees.
Prompt 2: This novel, published in 1993, is approximately 1500 page long.
Answer: A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth, 1993
The drought had lasted for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended.
Prompt 1: A very famous science fiction novel which was published in 1968.
Prompt 2: It was made into a spectacular movie by Stanley Kubrick.
Answer: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C Clarke, 1968
Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of the Gambia, West Africa, a manchild was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte.
Prompt 1: This story retraced the origins of an American man’s family back to 1750.
Prompt 2: The book was made into a phenomenally successful TV mini-series in 1977.
Answer: Roots, Alex Haley, 1976
Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Prompt 1: After a number of rejections, this book was eventually sold to a UK publisher for about US$4,000. It appeared in 1997, and has since been followed by several others in the series.
Prompt 2: The author was requested to use two initials rather than reveal her first name so that the target audience of young boys would not know that the books were written by a woman.
Answer: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling, 1997
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Prompt 1: This is the passionate love affair between a married woman and a young officer.
Prompt 2: One of the all time classics; originally appearing in Russian in 1873.
Answer: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, 1873-7
The year 1866 was remarkable for a mysterious and perplexing incident, which no one has yet forgotten; seafaring men were particularly excited.
Prompt 1: A science fiction story, published in 1869.
Prompt 2: This is the story of Captain Nemo aboard the submarine Nautilus.
Answer: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne, 1869
Since the days of Adam, there has hardly been a mischief done in this world but a woman has been at the bottom of it.
Prompt 1: The author is William Makepeace Thackeray.
Prompt 2: Ryan O’Neal was the Irish rogue of the title in the 1975 movie.
Answer: The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq, William Makepeace Thackeray, 1852
From the old and pleasantly situated town of Maienfeld a path leads through green, shady meadows to the foot of the mountains which look down from their majestic heights upon the valley below.
Prompt 1: The author is Johanna Spyri, and the novel was first published in German in 1880.
Prompt 2: It is the story of a young girl who lives in the Swiss Alps.
Answer: Heidi, Johanna Spyri, 1880
On they went singing “Eternal Memory”, and whenever they stopped, the sound of their feet, the horses and the gusts of wind seemed to carry on their singing.
Prompt 1: The author won the Nobel Prize in 1958, largely on account of this novel, yet it was not published in the author’s country until 1987.
Prompt 2: A great love story set against the background of the Russian revolution.
Answer: Dr Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, 1957
I was born in the city of Bombay...once upon a time.
Prompt 1: In fact, this character was born on the stroke of midnight.
Prompt 2: This was the winner of the 1993 Booker of Bookers.
Answer: Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie, 1981
Commander Victor Henry rode a taxicab home from the Navy Building on Constitution Avenue, in a gusty gray March rainstorm that matched his mood.
Prompt 1: A very long novel about a family during the Second World War, published in 1971.
Prompt 2: Made into a popular TV mini-series in 1983 with Robert Mitchum as Victor ‘Pug’ Henry.
Answer: The Winds of War, Herman Wouk, 1971
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
Prompt 1: One of the great anti-heroes of modern literature and his campaign against “phoniness”.
Prompt 2: The story of Holden Caulfield.
Answer: The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger, 1951
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Prompt 1: Originally called First Impressions and rejected for publication in 1789.
Prompt 2: Will Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy get married in the end?
Answer: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813
From the small crossed window of his room above the stable in the brickyard, Yakov Bok saw people in their long overcoats running somewhere early that morning, everybody in the same direction.
Prompt 1: This is the story of a man in Czarist Russia who becomes the scapegoat for the murder of a child.
Prompt 2: The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967. The author is Bernard Malamud.
Answer: The Fixer, Bernard Malamud, 1966
On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about halfway between Marseilles and the Italian border stands a large, proud, rose-coloured hotel.
Prompt 1: The love story of Dick Diver, and American psychiatrist, and his wife Nicole.
Prompt 2: The author is F Scott Fitzgerald.
Answer: Tender is the Night, F Scott Fitzgerald, 1934
He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89.
Prompt 1: The 1953 movie version was directed by George Stevens.
Prompt 2: It starred Alan Ladd as a former gunfighter who helps out the homesteaders.
Answer: Shane, Jack Schaefer, 1954
You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that aint no matter.
Prompt 1: The last sentence of this novel is: “But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.”
Prompt 2: The author’s real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens who lived from 1853-1910. In 1897 he said “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
Answer: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment. Overhead the hollow stretch of whitish cloud shutting out the sky was as a tent which had the whole heath for its floor.
Prompt 1: Clym Yeobright is the person referred to in the title, who goes to Paris to work as a diamond merchant but comes home because he is not interested in material wealth.
Prompt 2: The author is Thomas Hardy.
Answer: The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy, 1878
At that very moment, in the very sort of park avenue co-op apartment that so obsessed the mayor…twelve-foot ceilings…two wings, one for the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants who own the place and one for the help…Sherman McCoy was kneeling in his front hall trying to put a leash on a dachshund.
Prompt 1: A great 1980s satire about a Wall Street “Master of the Universe” whose life takes a turn for the worse.
Prompt 2: Tom Hanks starred as Sherman McCoy in the disastrous 1990 movie by Brian De Palma.
Answer: The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe, 1987
When the war came to Monterey and to Cannery Row everybody fought it more or less, in one way or another.
Prompt 1: No, it’s not Cannery Row but it features the same characters.
Prompt 2: In Monterey, this is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday.
Answer: Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck, 1954
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.
Prompt 1: The original title of this short story was “Die Verwandlung”.
Prompt 2: The author is Franz Kafka.
Answer: Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, 1916
Hughes got it wrong, in one important detail. You will have read, in Tom Brown, how I was expelled from Rugby School for drunkenness, which is true enough, but when Hughes alleges that this was a result of my deliberately pouring beer on top of gin-punch, he is in error. I knew better than to mix my drinks, even at seventeen.
Prompt 1: The first book in a series about a man who finds himself in the middle of various historical situations during the Victorian era.
Prompt 2: The author is George MacDonald Fraser.
Answer: Flashman, George MacDonald Fraser, 1969
I am always drawn back to the places where I have lived, the houses and their neighbourhoods.
Prompt 1: A short novel about a good-time girl, Holly Golightly.
Prompt 2: The 1961 movie featured the song Moon River.
Answer: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote, 1958
Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth.
Prompt 1: The story is about the hunt for a valuable statuette.
Prompt 2: In the classic 1941 movie, Humphrey Bogart is Sam Spade who famously says, “When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.”
Answer: The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett, 1929
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
Prompt 1: The 1970 film version starred Julie Christie and Alan Bates.
Prompt 2: The story about a boy who innocently carries love letters written by an aristocratic young lady and a farmer.
Answer: The Go-Between, LP Hartley, 1953
When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake – not a very big one.
Prompt 1: Described on the book jacket as follows: “ACTION: ADVENTURE: LOVE: LUST: HONOUR: BETRAYAL: TRIUMPH: TRAGEDY: COURAGE: CRUELTY: GAMBLING: GUNFIGHTS: STAMPEDES: HANGINGS: HORSE-STEALINGS: WHORES: LADIES: LEGEND: FACT: HEROES: VILLAINS: COWBOYS AND INDIANS…”
Prompt 2: Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and became a hit TV mini-series with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.
Answer: Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry, 1985
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
Prompt 1: The author was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954 following the publication of this short novel.
Prompt 2: Spencer Tracy was unforgettable as virtually the only character in this 1958 film.
Answer: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway, 1952
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Prompt 1: The hero of this 1949 novel is called Winston Smith.
Prompt 2: It’s about a totalitarian future society.
Answer: 1984, George Orwell, 1949
I am a white man and never forget it, but I was brought up by the Cheyenne Indians from the age of ten.
Prompt 1: These are the reminiscences of 121 year-old Jack Crabb.
Prompt 2: This role was played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1970 movie.
Answer: Little Big Man, Thomas Berger, 1964
When on board HMS Beagle, as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the organic beings inhabiting South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent.
Prompt 1: The full title of this book included “or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”.
Prompt 2: From the book, “I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection.”
Answer: On the Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
Among other public buildings in a certain town which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, it boasts of one which is common to most towns, great or small, to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born, on a day and date which I need not take upon myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events, the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
Prompt 1: Written by Charles Dickens in 1837-8.
Prompt 2: Characters in the story include Fagin, Bumble, and the Artful Dodger.
Answer: Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens, 1837-8
I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up.
Prompt 1: A semi-autobiographical novel about the Beat generation
Prompt 2: The author is Jack Kerouac.
Answer: On the Road, Jack Kerouac, 1957
There were 117 psychoanalysts on the Pan Am flight to Vienna and I'd been treated by at least six of them.
Prompt 1: This 1973 novel is the story of Isadora Wing’s quest for the Zipless Fuck.
Prompt 2: The author is Erica Jong.
Answer: Fear of Flying, Erica Jong, 1973
She stands up in the garden where she has been working and looks into the distance.
Prompt 1: The author was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Canada.
Prompt 2: The story is set in abandoned convent in Italy at the end of the Second World War.
Answer: The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, 1992
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house All that cold, cold, wet day.
Prompt 1: The most famous book by this author, whose real name was Theodor Geisel.
Prompt 2: He wrote under his middle name, Seuss.
Answer: The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss, 1957
I WILL NOT
Drink more than fourteen alcohol units a week.
Prompt 1: This is the first of the title character’s New Year’s resolutions.
Prompt 2: Renée Zellweger portrayed this character in the 2001 movie.
Answer: Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding, 1996
Let me say this: bein a idiot is no box of chocolates.
Prompt 1: The author is Winston Groom
Prompt 2: The story about a man who becomes a great football player, Vietnam War hero, championship ping pong player, business tycoon, among other things.
Answer: Forrest Gump, Winston Groom, 1986
On the 24th of February, 1815, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
Prompt 1: The story of a man’s quest for revenge after being falsely accused and imprisoned.
Prompt 2: The author is Alexander Dumas.
Answer: The Count of Monte Christo, Alexander Dumas, 1844-5
Late in the afternoon of a chilly day in February, two gentlemen were sitting alone over their wine, in a well-furnished dining-parlour, in the town of P--, in Kentucky.
Prompt 1: The author is Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Prompt 2: A famous anti-slavery novel published in 1852.
Answer: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852
If you want to find Cherry Tree lane all you have to do is ask the Policeman at the crossroads.
Prompt 1: The book was written in 1934 by Australian, PL Travers.
Prompt 2: It’s about a “practically perfect” nanny who comes to work for the Banks family.
Answer: Mary Poppins, PL Travers, 1934
The day had gone by just as days go by.
Prompt 1: The German author won the Nobel Prize in 1946.
Prompt 2: A rock band of the late 60s took their name from the title of this book and had a monster hit with the song Born to be Wild.
Answer: Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse, 1950
An easterly is the most disagreeable wind in Lyme Bay—Lyme Bay being that largest bite from the underside of England’s outstretched south-western leg—and a person of curiosity could at once have deduced several strong probabilities about the pair who began to walk down the quay at Lyme Regis, the small but ancient eponym of the inbite, one incisively sharp and blustery morning in the late March of 1867.
Prompt 1: This is the story of the scandalous affair between a paleantologist and a fallen woman.
Prompt 2: Meryl Streep was the fallen woman in the 1981 film version.
Answer: The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles, 1969
The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.
Prompt 1: The author’s real name is David Cornwell.
Prompt 2 This 1974 book was the first in the trilogy where British spy George Smiley matched wits with the Soviet agent Karla.
Answer: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John le Carre, 1974
When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.
Prompt 1: More than one man was in love with the heroine Bathsheba Everdene.
Prompt 2: Apart from Farmer Oak, there was also Farmer Boldwood, and Sergeant Troy.
Answer: Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy, 1874
On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge.
Prompt 1: This is the story of the student Raskolnikov who justifies a murder he commits with a philosophical theory.
Prompt 2: The author is Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky.
Answer: Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1866
“What’s it going to be then, eh?”
Prompt 1: The story of Alex and his gang of droogs.
Prompt 2: Made into a famous 1971 film by Stanley Kubrick.
Answer: A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, 1962
The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.
Prompt 1: The only novel by this Irish playwright and author of short stories, who said “There is no such thing as an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.”
Prompt 2: He was imprisoned for homosexuality in 1895.
Answer: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, 1891
When Danny came home from the army he learned that he was an heir and an owner of property.
Prompt 1: Danny rented one of his houses to his friend Pilon for $15 which was never paid.
Prompt 2: This was the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first success about a group of paisanos in Monterey, California.
Answer: Tortilla Flat, John Steinbeck, 1935
The Director of Companies was our captain and our host.
Prompt 1: A short novel narrated by Marlow, telling the story of a journey on a river in Africa.
Prompt 2: This formed the basis of the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now.
Answer: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, 1902
The boy with the fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.
Prompt 1: This was the first novel of the British author who later won the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage in 1980 and the Nobel Prize in 1983.
Prompt 2: The story about a group of boys stranded on a desert island.
Answer: Lord of the Flies, William Golding, 1954
That’s good thinking there, Cool Breeze.
Prompt 1: The following sentence is: “Cool Breeze is a kid with three or four days' beard sitting next to me on the stamped metal bottom of the open back part of a pickup truck.”
Prompt 2: The story of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.
Answer: The Electric Cool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe, 1968
She was so deeply embedded in my consciousness that for the first year of school I seem to have believed that each of my teachers was my mother in disguise.
Prompt 1: This 1969 story is related to the psychiatrist Dr Spielvogel.
Prompt 2: The story about a boy’s compulsive masturbation and a man’s sexual obsessions.
Answer: Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth, 1969
It unrolled slowly, forced to show its colors, curling and snapping back whenever one of us turned loose.
Prompt 1: This 1970 cult classic is by James Dickey.
Prompt 2: A canoe trip on the Cahulawassee River goes seriously wrong when four city men run into some nasty hillbillies.
Answer: Deliverance, James Dickey, 1970
To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.
Prompt 1: The author won the Nobel Prize in 1962, and the 1940 movie by John Ford is one of the all-time greats.
Prompt 2: It’s the story of the Joad family during the Depression.
Answer: The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, 1939
The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there."
Prompt 1: This was a novel about the real life murder of a Kansas family by two ex-convicts.
Prompt 2: The author is Truman Capote.
Answer: In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, 1966
My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born.
Prompt 1: This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. Its subtitle is A Memoir of a Childhood.
Prompt 2: Instead of staying in New York, the narrator’s parents went to Ireland.
Answer: Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt, 1996
As soon as I got to Borstal they made me a long-distance cross-country runner.
Prompt 1: The 1962 film based on this was a short story was directed by Tony Richardson.
Prompt 2: The author is Alan Sillitoe.
Answer: The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner, Alan Sillitoe, 1959
Mr Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.
Prompt 1: The real name of the author was Eric Arthur Blair.
Prompt 2: The story of a revolution by a bunch of farm animals under their leader Napoleon.
Answer: Animal Farm, George Orwell, 1945
Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men's eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror of it all.
Prompt 1: The very scary 1973 movie was directed by William Friedkin.
Prompt 2: It is the story of a 12 year-old girl whose body is possessed by the devil.
Answer: The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, 1971
Most motorcars are conglomerations (this is a long word for bundles) of steel and wire and rubber and plastic, and electricity and oil and gasoline and water, and the toffee papers you pushed down the crack in the back seat last Sunday.
Prompt 1: A 1968 movie was loosely based on this children’s book.
Prompt 2: The title refers to the noise made by a special car.
Answer: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Ian Fleming, 1964
Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns.
Prompt 1: Quoyle moves to Newfoundland with the aunt and his two daughters.
Prompt 2: The 2001 movie version was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, with Kevin Spacey as Quoyle.
Answer: The Shipping News, E Annie Proulx, 1993
We are at rest five miles behind the front.
Prompt 1: The original title of this book was Im Westen nicht Neues.
Prompt 2: A famous book about life in the trenches in the First World War.
Answer: All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, 1929
It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet.
Prompt 1: The second book in the series called the Leather-Stocking Tales. The hero of the book is called Hawkeye.
Prompt 2: The role of Hawkeye was played by Daniel Day-Lewis in the 1992 movie.
Answer: The Last of the Mohicans, James Fennimore Cooper, 1826
The summer my father bought the bear, none of us was born-we weren't even conceived: not Frank, the oldest; not Franny, the loudest; not me, the next; and not the youngest of us, Lilly and Egg.
Prompt 1: In the 1984 movie Nastassja Kinsky was Suzie the Bear.
Prompt 2: The author is John Irving
Answer: The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving, 1981
It was Sunday. Chance was in the garden.
Prompt 1: The author is Jerzey Kozinski.
Prompt 2: Peter Sellers was unforgettable in the 1979 movie as Chauncey Gardiner.
Answer: Being There, Jerzy Kosinski, 1971
Almost from the moment we were herded into the crowded cattle pen of a prison cell in New York's infamous Tombs, the jail-toughened black hookers gave us nothing but misery.
Prompt 1: This book, from 1972, is the story of a prostitute and brothel manager
Prompt 2: It’s the life story of Xaviera Hollander.
Answer: The Happy Hooker, Xaviera Hollander, 1972
While the present century was in its teens, and on one sunshiny morning in June, there drove up to the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton’s academy for young ladies, on Chiswick Mall, a large family coach, with two fat horses in blazing harness, driven by a fat coachman in a three-cornered hat and wig, at the rate of four miles an hour.
Prompt 1: This is the story of Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley.
Prompt 2: Reece Witherspoon played the part of Becky Sharp in the 2004 movie.
Answer: Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847
Garp’s mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theatre.
Prompt 2: The 1982 movie starred Robin Williams in the title role.
Prompt 1: The last line of this book is “In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."
Answer: The World According to Garp, John Irving 1976-8
All this happened, more or less.
Prompt 1: It is the story of Billy Pilgrim who is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and a man who becomes 'unstuck in time'.
Prompt 2: Written by Kurt Vonnegut.
Answer: Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut, 1969
He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum.
Prompt 1: It’s the story of Kimball O’Hara.
Prompt 2: The author was the first English winner of the Nobel Prize in 1907.
Answer: Kim, Rudyard Kipling, 1901
The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.
Prompt 1: Other characters in this story are Rat, Badger, and Toad.
Prompt 2: The author, Kenneth Graham, never intended this work to be published.
Answer: The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Graham, 1908
On January 6, 1482, the people of Paris were awakened by the tumultuous clanging of all the bells in the city.
Prompt 1: The book was published in 1831, originally in French.
Prompt 2: It has been made into a movie many times, most memorably with Charles Laughton in the role of Quasimodo.
Answer: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo, 1831
In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing.
Prompt 1: The gentleman in question had a squire called Sancho Panza and a horse called Rocinante.
Prompt 2: The book was originally in Spanish by Miguel de Cervantes.
Answer: Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, 1605
Most people do not give credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day.
Prompt 1: This book was published in 1968 and was the basis for a movie the following year.
Prompt 2: John Wayne played the role of Rooster Cogburn in the movie.
Answer: True Grit, Charles Portis, 1968
They’re out there.
Prompt 1: It’s the story of Randall Patrick McMurphy
Prompt 2: Other characters in the story are Big Nurse Ratched and Chief Broom.
Answer: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey, 1962
Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor for how long she will stay.
Prompt 1: The author is Grace Metalious.
Prompt 2: When published in 1956, this was a notorious book about life in a small New England town.
Answer: Peyton Place, Grace Metalious, 1956
It is cold at six-forty in the morning of a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.
Prompt 1: The 1973 movie was directed by Fred Zinneman.
Prompt 2: The story deals with a fictional plot to assassinate Charles de Gaulle.
Answer: The Day of the Jackall, Frederick Forsyth, 1971
The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.
Prompt 1: The title refers to two sisters -- the practical Elinor and the romantic Marianne.
Prompt 2: The author is Jane Austen.
Answer: Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811
Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton.
Prompt 1: The story of Brett, Lady Ashley and her unhappy love affair with Jake Barnes.
Prompt 2: The title of this book when published in England was Fiesta.
Answer: The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemmingway, 1926
A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories.
Prompt 1: This story takes place in the 7th Century AF (After Ford).
Prompt 2: The book was written in 1932 by Aldous Huxley.
Answer: Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, 1932
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
Prompt 1: This book, published in 1922, is often considered the greatest book in English of all time.
Prompt 2: The author is James Joyce.
Answer: Ulysses, James Joyce, 1922
An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
Prompt 1: Published in 1748, these are the bawdy adventures of a rambunctious and randy man.
Prompt 2: The 1963 film starred Albert Finney and Susannah York.
Answer: Tom Jones, Henry Fielding, 1748
A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard.
Prompt 1: The author is Philip K Dick.
Prompt 2: The movie based on this book was called Blade Runner.
Answer: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K Dick, 1968
Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.
Prompt 1: The author is Frank Baum.
Prompt 2: It is the story of a girl who goes “over the rainbow”.
Answer: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum, 1900
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents ,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
Prompt 1: This is the story of the four March sisters: Meg, Beth, Amy, and Jo.
Prompt 2: It takes place during the American Civil War.
Answer: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, 1867-8
screen door slams, Mary's dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey, that’s me and I want you only
Prompt 1: OK, these are the opening lines of a song. It’s also the start of an album and of a Great American Saga.
Prompt 2: It’s the first song on the album Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
Answer: Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen, 1975
Rosemary and Gary Woodhouse had signed a lease on a five-room apartment in a geometric white house on first Avenue when they received word, from a woman named Mrs Cortez, that a four-room apartment in the Bromford had become available.
Prompt 1: The author is Ira Levin.
Prompt 2: The 1968 movie was directed by Roman Polanski and starred Mia Farrow.
Answer: Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin, 1967
I met him in Piraeus.
Prompt 1: The narrator in the 1964 film was played by Alan Bates.
Prompt 2: The title character was played by Anthony Quinn.
Answer: Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzkis, 1961
When I think of all the grey memorials erected in London to equestrian generals, the heroes of old colonial wars, and to frock-coated politicians who are even more deeply forgotten, I can find no reason to mock the modest stone that commemorates Jones on the far side of the international road which he failed to cross in a country far from home, though I am not to this day absolutely sure of where, geographically speaking, Jones's home lay.
Prompt 1: The three leading characters in this book are called Brown (the narrator, who runs a run-down hotel in a country in political turmoil), Smith and Jones.
Prompt 2: The story takes place against the background of Papa Doc’ Duvalier and the Tontons Macoute reign of terror in Haiti.
Answer: The Comedians, Graham Greene, 1966
You better not never tell nobody but God.
Prompt 1: This is the story of a black woman’s life and hard times which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.
Prompt 2: It was made into a movie by Steven Spielberg.
Answer: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, 1982
Mr Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in the charge of his brother-in-law.
Prompt 1: Mr Verloc is really a spy, and his shop serves as a cover.
Prompt 2: The author’s original name was Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski.
Answer: The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad, 1920
On December 8th,1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday.
Prompt 1: The major part of this book is set in the Australian outback.
Prompt 2: In the TV mini series Richard Chamberlain played the role of Father Ralph de Bricassart.
Answer: The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough, 1977
In the hospital of the orphanage—the boys’ division at St Cloud’s, Maine—two nurses were in charge of naming the new babies and checking that their little penises were healing from the obligatory circumcision.
Prompt 1: This is the story of Homer Wells who grows up in the orphanage.
Prompt 2: In the 1999 movie, Michael Caine played the role of Dr Wilbur Larch.
Answer: The Cider House Rules, John Irving, 1985
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