Literary quiz: Have you got the write stuff?

From The Telegraph:

Sonnets_pic_1211379c It's often said that we now live in a quizzing age – something to do with all the information we're bombarded with and can't use in any other way. Yet for some of us, this isn't a new development. In my own childhood, quizzes figured so prominently that, while other boys dreamed of becoming train drivers, firemen or footballers, I hoped that one day I might get to say “Fingers on the buzzers, please” to people who were not members of my family (and who actually had buzzers).

The chance came in 1998 when I was asked to write and present Radio 4's literary quiz show, The Write Stuff. Many of the questions that follow are based on or inspired by the 11 series we've recorded since then – but none requires you to have heard, or heard of, the programme. All you need is some literary knowledge, or even just literary interest.


1 Which literary character's first words to whom are: “How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive?”

2 Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature – in 1907, if that helps?

3 What's the only book for children by James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming?

4 Who is the only person to have been both shortlisted for the Booker Prize and to have played a girlfriend of Ken Barlow's in Coronation Street?

5 What did Jane Austen's father do for a living?

More here.