My friend Martin Owton makes drugs by day, is a writer by night, and in between finds time to set quizzes. This is one he came up with recently for writers.

I got an 11. Not great, but I’ll have you know, I didn’t google for a single answer.

Give it a try — put your answers in the comments field, and I will provide an answer key.




1. How many James Bond novels did Ian Fleming write? 2. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book, The Ash-Tree and Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad are all short stories by which author of ghost stories.3. Who wrote the Chronicles of Barsetshire?4. What was Charles Dickens’ first novel?5. Which highly successful novel of 1996 later a film, began life as a column in The Independent and later The Daily Telegraph? 6. Who is the current Poet Laureate?7. What is a Roman á Clef?8. What is the correct format for submitting a manuscript to a publisher or agent?9. Which author, whose first book The Black Moth was published in 1921, essentially established the genre of Regency Romance?10. Which British Prime Minister won the Nobel Prize for Literature?First Lines 11. The Mole had been working very hard all morning spring-cleaning his little home.12. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy it its own way.13. The hammer banged reveille on the rail outside camp HQ at five o’clock as always. 14. Call Me Ishmael. 15. Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. 16. As I walked through the wilderness of this world I lighted upon a certain place where was a den and laid me down in that place to sleep; and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. 17. There were four of us – George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself and Montmorency. 18. The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. 19. The Browns have become illustrious by the pen of Thackeray and the pencil of Doyle, within the memory of the young gentlemen who are now matriculating at the universities. 20. Renowned curator Jacques Saunière staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum’s Grand Gallery.


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