Test your book knowledge

02 January 2022 - 00:00 By Mila de Villiers
by Damon Galgut (Umuzi) was the winner of the The Booker Prize in 2021.
The Promise by Damon Galgut (Umuzi) was the winner of the The Booker Prize in 2021.
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  1. Which two books were the recipients of the 2021 Sunday Times Nonfiction Prize and Sunday Times Fiction Prize?
  2. Name the family in Damon Galgut’s Booker Prize winning novel The Promise.
  3. What is the title of Wole Soyinka’s latest novel?
  4. Which author was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature?
  5. What is the name of Claire Robertson's book that was published last year?
  6. Name the local Facebook page dedicated to literature, started by Paige Nick, which launched a ‘best book cover of the year’ award.
  7. Who is  Sherlock Holmes’s main adversary?
  8. Which Irish novelist’s latest book is titled Beautiful World, Where Are You?
  9. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Name the book and author of this opening sentence.
  10. Which local thriller writer created the character of Benny Griessel?
  11. Name the title of Lisa Taddeo’s debut novel.
  12. The history of which music genre does Zakes Mda chart in his latest novel, Wayfarers’ Hymns?
  13. What is the title of Elizabeth Nyamayaro’s memoir?
  14. Which novel by Lauren Beukes, set to hit the small screen in 2022, will star acclaimed actress Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mizrachi?
  15. Klara and the Sun is the eighth novel by which Nobel Prize-winning writer?
  16. What is the title of Alan Paton award-winning author Pumla Dineo Gqola’s latest book?
  17. Which English writer is better known by his nom de plume Lewis Carroll?
  18. “There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills.” Which South African classic opens with this sentence?
  19. Name the local author of Booker Prize-longlisted novel An Island.
  20. What animal is the character Babar created by Jean de Brunhoff?
Best book covers
Best book covers
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Zakes Mda.
Zakes Mda.
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Pumla Dineo Gqola.
Pumla Dineo Gqola.
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  1. These are not gentle people by Andrew Harding; A Sin of Omission by Marguerite Poland
  2. Swart
  3. Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth
  4. Abdulrazak Gurnah
  5. Isle
  6. The Good Book Appreciation Society
  7. Prof James Moriarty
  8. Sally Rooney
  9. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  10. Deon Meyer
  11. Animal
  12. Famo
  13. I Am a Girl From Africa
  14. The Shining Girls
  15. Kazuo Ishiguro
  16. Female Fear Factory
  17. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
  18. Cry, the Beloved Country
  19. Karen Jennings
  20. An elephant