Monday, 8 August 2011

Name that Book

Have you always been a bookworm or did you discover the joys of escapism through the written word later in life? Me, I can't remember a time when I didn't have my nose stuck in a book, or when I didn't hanker after writing one, come to that. I turned out my first, truly awful, effort when I was in my twenties. Stop it! I'm not going to tell you how long ago that was. Didn't your mother teach you that it's rude to ask a lady her age?

Are you attracted to a book by its first page? As authors we're always told about the importance of the first line and we all know the famous ones:

It is a truth universally acknowledged...blah, blah

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again

But perhaps the following ones aren't quite so easy to place. See how many you know. I've posted a picture to help but I'm not telling you which one it applies to.

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 13.

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream...

It was the day my grandmother exploded

Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by a poor dress

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

You better not tell nobody but God.

I'll be interested to see how many you get. Oh, and just so you know, I wouldn't have done too well. I cheated and looked them up!

Good luck.



  1. Didn't cheat so doubt I got them!

    1 1984
    2 Old man and the sea
    3 ...
    4. Middlemarch
    5. I got nothing
    6. Probably The Crow Road?

  2. That was quick! Can't tell you if you're right yet.

  3. Mmmm I'll stand in the corner with my coned D hat on facing the wall ....! A lovely post by the way :)

  4. Pauline, I wouldn't have known most of them either so I'll join you in the corner. x

  5. 1. 1984
    2. Old Man and the Sea
    3. The Crow Road?
    4. The Crow Road?
    5. The Great Gatsby
    6. The Crow Road?

    I figure the Crow Road has to be 3, 4, or 6!

  6. Good try, Rose May. All will be revealed in due course!