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The Book Lover's Quiz Book

On sale

5th November 2020

Price: £16.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472145291

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‘The perfect gift for quizzers’

‘Outside of a dog, The Book Lover’s Quiz Book is every bookworm’s best friend — inside of a dog . . . well, if you know the rest, you’re going to love this book’
PETER HANINGTON, author of A Dying Breed,

‘Brilliantly inventive and entertaining questions from the bookworm’s bookworm’
MARK MASON, author of Walk the Lines, Question Time and many more

‘A book quiz quiz book what more could lovers of books, quizzes and quizzes about books desire? And marvellous it is too, Wiggleworth proving himself quite the literary Magnus Magnussen of our social media age’

‘This is the ultimate literary quiz book and Gary Wigglesworth is the quizmaster to end all quizmasters’

This is a literary quiz book with a difference. Rather than basic sets of questions, The Book Lover’s Quiz Book mirrors the format of Gary’s live quizzes, at the Betsey Trotwood in London and elsewhere. So, there are lots of multiple-choice questions, some amusing answers, clever red herrings, little-known facts about authors and some of the much-loved Say What You See picture round.

Also, there are fixed and variable rounds – fixed ones include ‘Blankety Books’ (one word missing from the title – always with a theme), ‘Literary Links and lists’ (what connects/next in the list etc.) and ‘2 of a Kind’ (name the character and the author that share the same initials). The changeable rounds keep the quizzes fresh and include ‘What the Dickens?’ (real or made-up Dickens names), ‘RomeNo or JuliYess’ (real or made-up Shakespearian insults) and ‘Book Bingo!’ (identify the correct number). There are also more standard rounds such as ‘First Lines’, ‘Working Titles’ and ‘Banned Books’.

The aim of all Gary’s quizzes, and this book, is that people should have fun and be able to guess (if they don’t know) as much as possible.


Claire Fuller, author of <i>Our Endless Numbered Days</i>, <i>Swimming Lessons</i> and <i>Bitter Orange</i>
Perfect for book-lovers, quiz-lovers and literary-fact-lovers. Witty and interesting; clever and challenging - while still having something for everyone (especially those brilliant Say What You See drawings). This book is great fun.
Travis Elborough, author of <i>The Bus We Loved</i>, <i>The Long-Player Goodbye</i>
A book quiz quiz book what more could lovers of books, quizzes and quizzes about books desire? And marvellous it is too, Wigglesworth proving himself quite the literary Magnus Magnusson of our social media age.
Peter Hanington, author of <i>A Dying Breed</i> and <i>A Single Source</i>
Outside of a dog, The Book Lover's Quiz Book is every bookworm's best friend - inside of a dog . . . well, if you know the rest, you're going to love this book.
Val McDermid
The perfect gift for quizzers.
Michael Hughes, author of <i>Country</i> and <i>The Countenance Divine</i>
The Book Lover's Quiz Book is my new go-to gift for readers, writers, culture vultures and word-nerds. Smart, witty, challenging, and endless fun. I can't imagine a book quiz book done better.
Mark Mason, author of <i>Question Time</i>, <i>Walk the Lines</i> and many more
Brilliantly inventive and entertaining questions from the bookworm's bookworm.
Anne Miller, QI elf and author of <i>Mickey and the Animal Spies</i>
My favourite quiz, now in book form!
Caz Frear, author of <i>Sweet Little Lies</i> and <i>Cold Stone Heart</i>
As we inch towards the end of the year that saw many of us became ardent armchair quizzers, The Book Lover's Quiz Book is the ideal Christmas present for the reader in your life, regardless of age, ability, or taste. So much love and thought has gone into making this book both challenging and accessible. Loved the touches of humour throughout.
Martin Walker, author of the Bruno detective series
It's brilliant. Love the cartoon clues. Couldn't stop playing. Well done.
James Harkin, Head QI Elf and podcaster for <i>No Such Thing as a Fish</i>
Gary's quiz nights are genuinely legendary, and in the old times they were a place you could guarantee seeing at least one or two of the QI Elves - racking our brains. So I can't recommend this book highly enough . . .
Anna James, author of <i>Pages & Co</i>
A quiz book that manages that elusive balance between the hugely satisfying and the brain ticklingly challenging. A must have for book lovers.
Gary's quizzes are perfectly pitched . . . this book will make an ideal Christmas present for readers who enjoy a good quiz.
David Quantick, author of <i>Night Train</i> and writer for <i>The Thick of It</i> and <i>Veep</i>
This is the ultimate literary quiz book and Gary Wigglesworth is the quizmaster to end all quizmasters.
Alan Connor, author of <i>The Joy of Quiz</i>
Consistently fun and often also very funny.
Stuart Turton, author of <i>iThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle</i> & <i>The Devil and the Dark Water</i>
What a wonderful, joyous, fun book this is. For book lovers every answer jogs a warm memory, while every unknown signposts a future literary treat.
Paul Tudor Owen, author of <i>The Weighing of the Heart</i>
Whether in person in the pub or online on Twitter, Gary Wigglesworth's book quizzes are never less than witty, addictive and informative. His 'Say What You See' drawings representing book titles - for example a gravestone bearing the symbol p - are a particular highlight. This volume collects together twenty-four quizzes, including a Christmas-themed one, for you to play at home, with friends and family or via Zoom. The perfect gift for the book lover in your life.
Robin Stevens, author of the <i>Murder Most Unladylike</i> mysteries
Perfect for you if you love books and can't be bothered to answer questions on anything else.
Mhairi McFarlane, author of <i>Who's That Girl</i> and <i>You Had Me At Hello</i>
I love pub quizzes and this is a chance to recreate one of the best at home.
Scott Pack, publisher, author and editor
Think you know your literary trivia? Think again! A fun, and occasionally fiendish, collection of questions to test even the most ardent quizzer.
Jayne Sharp, writer, voice-over artist, comedy actress @jaynesharp
Quite literally The Book of All Books! A little piece of heaven for the competitive literature lover.