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Five questions about authors – Quick Quiz answers

We gave you the names of five books and asked you for the names of their authors. Here are the answers:

  1. Peter Pan
    J M Barrie – or, to give him his full name, Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM. The UK royalties from performances of the stage version, and sales of the novel version, continue to flow to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, to which Barrie bequeathed the rights after his death.
  2. Villette
    Charlotte Brontë. Villette was her third novel, and the last published in her lifetime before her death in 1855 at the age of just 38.
  3. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
    Susanna Clarke. An alternative history of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars written in a pastiche early nineteenth-century style, it took her ten years to write – but publishers Bloomsbury were so sure it would be a success they paid her a £1 million advance!
  4. Call the Midwife
    Jennifer Worth. It’s the first in a three-part memoir of her experiences as a district nurse and midwife in the East End of London in the 1950s, and has become a popular BBC TV series starring Jessica Raine in the lead role.
  5. Jude the Obscure
    Thomas Hardy. Although published more than 30 years before Hardy’s death, Jude was his last novel – he regarded himself primarily as a poet, and harsh criticism of the novel’s controversial social, sexual and religious themes led him to abandon novel-writing altogether.

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