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Thank you so much to all the clubs who joined us in our first ever Schoolreaders Book Club Challenge.  We had a fantastic response and heard from many of you about what an enjoyable evening you had testing your wits against our fiendish questions.  Most importantly, your enthusiasm and support means that we raised lots of money, and this will help us to reach more children who need reading practice. 

The Answers:

Thank you for taking part!

This year's winning team is:  Gulliver's Girls WI Book Club  from Lowestoft in Suffolk

Congratulations!  The Schoolreaders team will be in touch shortly to arrange delivery of your book tokens or case of Prosecco - We hope you enjoy your well-earned prize!


1.  There are no English words that rhyme with ‘month’ or ‘silver’.  Can you think of two other words (both, by chance, the names of colours) that have no rhymes?

A: Purple and Orange

2. The 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains how many words?

a – 250,000 words

b – 86,000 words

c – 172,000 words

A:  C - The 2017 edition of the Dictionary contains full entries for 171,576 words in current use.

3. Only one word in English both begins and ends with the letters ‘und’ – can you name it?

A: Underground. Lots of clever entrants came up with the alternative 'underfund', so we have given points for either answer!

4. The letters ‘ough’ can be pronounced in 9 different ways.  Can you give examples of each?

A: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a lough he coughed and hiccoughed.

5. Only four words in English have the ending ‘dous’.  Can you name them all?

A: Tremendous, stupendous, horrendous, hazardous


6. ‘In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.’

A: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

7. ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.’

A. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1948)

8.  Which of Jane Austen’s heroines is ‘handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition.’?

A: Emma by Jane Austen (1815)

9. ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’

A: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)

10. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

A: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)


11. C S Lewis, author of the Narnia books never used his full name.  What do the initials C and S stand for?

A.  Clive Staples.  As a toddler, Clive declared that his name was Jack, which is what he was called by family and friends.

12.  Which author's worldwide bestseller was described by Salman Rushdie as a 'book so bad it makes bad books look good’?

A: Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code

13. Which former newspaper columnist is the author of ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’?  The book, and its sequel ‘How Hard Can It Be?’, follows the travails of heroine Kate Reddy, who was played by Sarah Jessica Parker in a 2011 film adaptation.

A: Allison Pearson

14. Enid Blyton is the most published British author (762 books and stories), but who holds the Guinness World Record for most books published in a year (23)?

A: Barbara Cartland

15. What is an epistolary novel?

A: An epistolary novel takes the form of a compendium of documents, usually letters, through which the story is revealed. The form originated in 1740 with Samuel Richardson’s popular novel Pamela.

16. Which book, based on an American president’s mourning for his son, won the 2017 Booker Prize?

A: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders


17. Who is the author of Rooftoppers (2014) and Wolf Wilder (2015).  She has just been announced as the winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award for 2017, having previously won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

A: Katherine Rundell

18. What is the Gruffalo scared of?

a – a snake

b – an ant

c -  a mouse

c – a mouse

A: C - a mouse

19.  In which book do the Waterbury family appear?

a - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

b - The Railway Children

c -  Five on a Treasure Island

A: b – The Railway Children

20.  Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, Rupert Bear - which is the oldest?

A: Rupert Bear is the oldest as he was created in 1920. Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926 and Paddington Bear was created in 1956

21. Who collaborated with his daughter Lucy, in 2007, to write the children's book George's Secret Key to the Universe?

A: Stephen Hawking


22. The screen versions of which book include a 1935 version with Robert Donat, a 1978 version with Robert Powell, and a 2008 British TV version, starring Rupert Penry-Jones?

A: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (1915)

23. The 2016 TV drama starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman, The Night Manager, was based on a novel by which writer?

A: John le Carré’ - his novel, also called The Night Manager (1993)

24.  Francis Ford Coppola’s hallucinatory vision of the Vietnam war, Apocalypse Now (1979), is based on which novel by Joseph Conrad?

A:  Heart of Darkness (1902)

25. Who wrote the 1936 novel, ‘Gone with the Wind’?

A: Margaret Mitchell

26. Renee Zellweger spent three weeks working undercover at the London publishers, Picador, in preparation for playing which character, who first appeared in 4 novels by Helen Fielding?

A: Bridget Jones


27. How many independent book shops are there in the UK? (2017 figures from ‘The Bookseller’)

a – 2,335

b – 867

c – 491

A: B - 867

28. Which three books – or series of books - have been most widely sold globally over the last 50 years? Figures based on the cumulative number of copies sold from 1967 to date.

A: 1 The Bible (3.9 billion copies), 2 Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung - Mao’s Little Red Book (820 million copies), 3 The Harry Potter series (400 million copies)

29. When was primary education made compulsory in England?

A: In 1880, following campaigning by the National Education League, education became compulsory up the age of 10 (a further Act three years later raised the age to 11 and extended the right to education to deaf and blind children). 

30. How much is spent on books each year in the UK?

a - £2.2 billion

b - £1.5 billion

c - £0.8 billion

A: A - £2.2 billion (based on figures for 2016/2017 from the Publishers’ Association)

We hope you will join us for the Schoolreaders Book Club Quiz 2019.  Details of next year's challenge will be on the website in the autumn.

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