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  • Published: 3 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781846148699
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Joy of Quiz



A jaunty journey into the world of the quiz, from the question editor of BBC2's Only Connect, sometimes in the form of excellent quiz questions

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?'

  • Published: 3 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781846148699
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Alan Connor

Alan Connor is the author of Two Girls, One on Each Knee: The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword ("witty, charming, encyclopaedic and highly readable” - The Spectator) and The Joy of Quiz ("An absolute delight” - Mail on Sunday). He has made quizzes for various TV shows and newspapers and written comedy including BBC Film's The Rack Pack, A Young Doctor’s Notebook (Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe) and Have I Got News For You.

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