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  • Published: 15 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986035
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

The Penguin Book Quiz

From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Ulysses - The Perfect Gift!

A literary quiz for all the family from the writer and presenter of Radio 4's books quiz

Which Haruki Murakami novel shares its title with a Beatles song? In Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie's surname? What is heavy-drinking Rachel Watson known as in the title of a 21st-century bestseller? And what do you get if you add the number of Bennet sisters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to the number of Karamazov brothers in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov?

With four hundred questions covering books from literary classics to modern bestsellers, through iconic children's books and books you say that you've read but really you haven't, The Penguin BookQuiz is as appropriate for making you look well-read at a party as it is for a book-loving family to tuck into after Christmas dinner: it's as enjoyable to read as it is to play.

Featuring the work of everyone from Antony Beevor to Zadie Smith, books from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Ulysses, and with movie, music, television, theatre and literary references abounding, this entertaining quiz tickles the fancy (and the brains) of light and heavy readers alike.

- Norwegian Wood
- Bucket
- The Girl on the Train
- Eight (five sisters, three brothers)

  • Published: 15 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241986035
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

Praise for The Penguin Book Quiz

The perfect gift for the sort of person (like me) who shouts the answers at University Challenge

Lynne Truss, bestselling author of 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves' on 'Sonnets, Bonnets & Bennetts'

Fiendish, funny and endlessly surprising, James Walton has provided the perfect volume for anyone who loves books, relishes a quiz or just fancies showing off at a dinner party

Mark Billingham, bestselling author of the Tom Thorne novels on 'Sonnets, Bonnets & Bennetts'

A must for those who think they know their literature . . . includes the unexpected, alongside the more serious

Independent on 'Sonnets, Bonnets & Bennetts'

How nice it would be if the family would sit around the Boxing Day fireside considering the questions in affable competition

Daily Telegraph on 'Sonnets, Bonnets & Bennetts'

Quite possibly the greatest social lubricant since the invention of alcohol. An absolute delight

John Preston, author of A Very English Scandal

Detailed, entertaining and wonderfully informative, a must-have for quiz aficionados and bibliophiles alike

Kevin Ashman

Few quiz questions make you smile, laugh or gasp. James Walton's always do. The Penguin Book Quiz is unceasingly enormous fun

Alan Connor, author of Two Girls, One on Each Knee and The Joy of Quiz

It's so much fun. The perfect level for keen but not necessarily expert readers. Specific enough to make you reach back into your memory and occasionally kick yourself at not finding the answer, but not so specialised that you want to give up . . . I'll definitely be buying copies of this book as gifts

Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing

Attractively presented in vintage Penguin livery, this is the ultimate literary quiz, packed full of questions on everyone from Dickens to Dahl. With such a broad range of genres and topics covered, The Penguin Book Quiz really is the perfect antidote to tired parlour games and awkward small talk this Christmas

Waterstones, Top 10 Gifts for Bookworms this Christmas

Tip: Start the day with a quiz. My long-suffering partner bought me James Walton's The Penguin Book Quiz for Christmas. It wakes you up, gives you a laugh and makes you feel like you're not wasting your time, because you're learning things

Jacqueline Wilson, The Sunday Times

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