A jaunty journey into the world of the quiz, from the question editor of BBC2's Only Connect.
In 1938 Britain started to quiz. Since then, quizzes have become ubiquitous entertainment from pubs to primetime, suffered major criminal investigations, created unlikely folk heroes and been subjected to the rigours of question checkers. The Joy of Quiz tells the history of quiz and its makers, wonders how we came to make a game out of remembering scraps of information, looks at the tactics of professional quizzers and reveals the shadowy worlds of setters and checkers. Along the way, it asks questions such as 'What is a fact, anyway?' and 'Whatever happened to prizes like sandwich toasters?'
“An absolute must-read”
“Entertaining . . . Alan Connor uncovers the history of one of our stranger pastimes: sitting around and answering questions on various topics, sometimes in the hope of winning a speedboat or a ham”
“I can't think of anyone better placed to lead readers through this weird, wonderful, competitive and dastardly trivial pursuit”
Victoria Coren Mitchell
“A treasure trove of good stuff”