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  Countess Tolstoy's Marital Life    
Fun Fill-It
 20 Qns
Here are some excerpts from the diaries of Sophia Tolstoy, the wife of the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. They give an idea of what their coexistence was like and how troubled their marital life was. Please fill in the missing word.
Very Easy, 20 Qns, masfon, May 03 24
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  In the Rhythm   best quiz  
Label Quiz
 10 Qns
Poet Birthplaces
Can you match each of these poets with an image representing the country of their birth?
Very Easy, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jan 03 23
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Jan 03 23
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Oh England My Lionheart
  Oh England My Lionheart   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
England may only be a small country, but it has supplied a wealth of literary talent known throughout the world. Let us take a journey back to their home roots and find out more about these English lionhearts and where they lived.
Easier, 10 Qns, Plodd, Sep 14 13
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Mississippi Writers
  Mississippi Writers   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
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In her book "On Writing" Eudora Welty declared, "Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable as art, if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else." Here are writers with Mississippi stories.
Easier, 10 Qns, nannywoo, Jul 07 17
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  Countries of Nobel Prize-Winning Authors   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
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All of the authors in this quiz are Nobel Prize Laureates in the field of Literature. It's up to you to identify their nationalities. Good luck!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Jan 05 18
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Jan 05 18
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The Thought Read Round the World
  The Thought Read Round the World   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Herein the lives of true giants of literature from the US state of Massachusetts.
Easier, 10 Qns, Godwit, Feb 20 19
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Feb 20 19
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  Writing from Home   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
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Team Kaffeeklatsch brings you a quiz all about your favourite American authors. Well, maybe *some* of your favourite American authors. All you have to do is match the writer with his US State of origin.
Easier, 10 Qns, reedy, Mar 16 17
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  Amazing Authors and Their Origins   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Join in with The Rockettes' journey on the Amazing Race and see if you can match up the following list of amazing authors with their countries of origin.
Easier, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Mar 16 17
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Where F Scott Met Daisy Saint Paul
  Where F. Scott Met Daisy: Saint Paul   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Come along to Saint Paul, Minnesota, where the author of "The Great Gatsby" was born. We'll walk a complex city of shadow and light, where F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up.
Average, 10 Qns, Godwit, Jun 25 20
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Jun 25 20
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Stateside Writing
  Stateside Writing   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
In this quiz, I'll give you the name and some information about American authors, and you choose the state they're from. All locations are states or districts within the United States. Good luck!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, PootyPootwell, Feb 08 21
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trivia question Quick Question
Octavio Paz (1914 -1998), author of "The Labyrinth of Solitude", calls what country home?

From Quiz "The Author Challenge"

  Writers' Homes   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the writer to his or her home. These houses have all had some literary impact upon the writer.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Mar 15 17
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  On the Origin of.... Writers!   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Your task is to match the famous writer of fiction to the place where they were born. Some should be easy, others a little more challenging as I'm only providing the city/town name not the country!
Easier, 10 Qns, MikeMaster99, Mar 16 17
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  New York: Literary Living   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
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Match author descriptions to names of well-known authors in varied genres. They all love New York!
Easier, 10 Qns, Godwit, Aug 10 17
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  Famous Authors: What Nationality?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I'll name a well known author, and you select the correct nationality. (Note: All nationalities refer to modern countries.)
Average, 10 Qns, ravenskye, Jun 20 16
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  Agatha Christie: An Autobiography   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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The information for this quiz is sourced from "Agatha Christie: An Autobiography", which Christie began to write in 1950 and finished 15 years later, when she was 75 years old.
Average, 10 Qns, MotherGoose, Oct 27 22
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Oct 27 22
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  New York: Writer's World   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match great writers of New York state to the clues.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Godwit, Dec 10 17
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According to the local lore of Sorrento, Italy, many famous writers found inspiration there while staying in the beautiful city. See if you can identify these visitors based on their other accomplishments and deeds.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jul 22 19
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  Authors from the Emerald Isle   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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This quiz covers the events in the lives of some of the many authors who were born in Ireland.
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Nov 20 15
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  Where Am I From?   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Here are ten authors and their places of birth. Can you get them all?
Easier, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Mar 21 17
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  Authors from India and of Indian Origin   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Indians have won a number of prestigious literary awards over the years. This quiz deals with some of the more popular authors and their works.
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Mar 02 07
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  Literary Lights from the Land of Pleasant Living   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Get clued in on Maryland born hard boiled hacks, ingenious ink slingers, and wonderous wordsmiths.
Average, 10 Qns, DR.NO, Apr 19 11
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  Writers from Wisconsin    
Multiple Choice
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Wisconsin has been home to some notable authors over the last 150 years, some born here, others spending significant years in the state. See how much you know about these Badger-linked authors.
Average, 10 Qns, parrotman2006, Jul 23 22
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Jul 23 22
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  Authors: British or American?    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
I will give you the author's name and you tell me if that author is British or American.
Average, 20 Qns, JaniceC, Jun 03 21
Jun 03 21
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  Literary Nobel Laureates From?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
They have all won the Nobel Prize for Literature, but where were they born?
Average, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Mar 20 17
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  Authors Birthplaces    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you know where these authors were born?
Average, 10 Qns, blacksheep0, Jul 14 20
Jul 14 20
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  Alfred Wainwright: Fell-Walker    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about a hero of mine.
Average, 10 Qns, Kaye19, Jun 05 10
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  The Author Challenge    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Should you choose to accept it, here's the challenge. Listed in this quiz are ten authors with a book they have written. Find the country of birth for each author.
Average, 10 Qns, pennie1478, Aug 24 13
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  Writers And Where They Lived    
Multiple Choice
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Authors just as normal earthlings need houses to live in. Some had very impressive, very romantic or very unusual houses, or they simply were very much attached to them. - In this quiz all questions have a link with such a house.
Average, 10 Qns, chrissie_26, Aug 23 16
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  Children's Books on a Journey Round the World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I give you the author's name and you tell me which country he/she was born in. And don't forget to read some of the books while on your imaginary journey.
Average, 10 Qns, Enomis, Oct 29 12
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  19th Century Massachusetts Literary Scene    
Multiple Choice
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19th Century Massachusetts was a hotbed for American literary talent. This quiz deals with information regarding some of the major names of the scene.
Average, 10 Qns, firemaple783, Mar 26 06
416 plays
  The Hemingway House    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz dedicated to Hemingway's house and his love of cats!
Average, 10 Qns, cmshearman, Apr 30 10
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Writers and Places Trivia Questions

1. What was Agatha Christie's birth or maiden name?

From Quiz
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Answer: Miller

Agatha Christie's birth name was Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller. She was born on 15 September 1890. In her autobiography she explains, "I was called Mary after my grandmother, Clarissa after my mother (Clara), and Agatha as an afterthought, suggested on the way to the church (for her christening) by a friend of my mother's who said it was a nice name". Boehmer was her mother's maiden name and Christie became her name by virtue of her first marriage.

2. Octavio Paz (1914 -1998), author of "The Labyrinth of Solitude", calls what country home?

From Quiz The Author Challenge

Answer: Mexico

Octavio Paz Lozano was born in Mexico City, Mexico in March 31, 1914. He went to a private college in Mexico named Colegio Williams. "The Labyrinth of Solitude" was written as a nine essay book analysing Mexico. Octavio died in Mexico City on April 19, 1998.

3. The postman sure didn't have to ring twice on July 1, 1892 when which author was born in Annapolis, Maryland?

From Quiz Literary Lights from the Land of Pleasant Living

Answer: James M. Cain

James M. Cain (July 1, 1892 - October 27, 1977) was born in Baltimore, Maryland to an educator and an opera singer. Although, Cain initially desired to be a singer he lacked the level of talent necessary for establishing a professional career. Cain therefore turned his sights on becoming a journalist and subsequently contributed work to many newspapers and periodicals, such as, the "Baltimore Sun", the "Baltimore American", and the "New York World". As his career progressed he began to write screenplays, but only received professional credit for three of them. Finding more success as an author he became renowned for writing hard boiled crime novels. Among his most popular novels, which were also produced as major motion pictures are "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1934), "Double Indemnity" (1943), and "Mildred Pierce" (1941). Reference: Wikipedia. "James M. Cain"

4. His name was Alfred Wainwright but by what name was he known to the majority of his fans?

From Quiz Alfred Wainwright: Fell-Walker

Answer: AW

He is known to readers of his books and fellow walkers as AW but amongst friends and family he signs his letters Alf. He was born on 17 January 1907 in Blackburn and was the youngest child of Albert and Emily Wainwright.

5. Which country was "Pippi Longstocking"'s creator Astrid Lindgren born in?

From Quiz Children's Books on a Journey Round the World

Answer: Sweden

Pippi Longstocking, her best known character, was translated into many different languages. A few other good books by the Swedish author are: "Emil Gets into Mischief", "Children of Noisy Village", "The World's Best Karlson".

6. Which Massachusetts town boasts the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott?

From Quiz 19th Century Massachusetts Literary Scene

Answer: Concord

Largely drawn by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord hosted an impressive array of authors, artists, philosophers, and other intellectuals.

7. Where is the Hemingway House which is home to many cats?

From Quiz The Hemingway House

Answer: Key West, Florida

Hemingway was apparently very fond of polydactyl cats, which are cats with more than 5 toes on any given paw. Some of the cats in residence are descendants of his first polydactyl cat.

8. 907 Whitehead Street, Key West was his address. Sloppy Joe's bar his home from home. Martha Gelhorn one of his lovers. Who is this macho guy?

From Quiz Writers And Where They Lived

Answer: Ernest Hemingway

John Dos Passos (1896-1970). F. Scott Fitzgerald(1896-1940). Erskine Caldwell won some fame with "God's Little Acre"

9. In what country was Margaret Laurence born?

From Quiz Authors Birthplaces

Answer: Canada

Margaret wrote 'The Stone Angel' and 'The Diviner' amoung other works.

10. Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) author of the "Tarzan" novels. American or British?

From Quiz Authors: British or American?

Answer: American

Burroughs was born in Chicago.

11. Stephen Ambrose won numerous awards for his writings on what subject?

From Quiz Writers from Wisconsin

Answer: American History

Stephen Ambrose, who grew up in Whitewater and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, was a noted historian. He wrote biographies of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. However, Abrose's primary interest was military history. His "Band of Brothers" (1992) is one of the best books about the Second World War, and was turned into an Emmy Award winning miniseries by Tom Hanks. Ambrose won an Emmy Award for his writing on the mini-series. Lewis and Clark was another interest of Ambrose. "Undaunted Courage" (1996) and "The Vast Land" (2003) both deal with the explorers. Ambrose wrote 27 books over the course of his career. He died in October 2002.

12. Agatha was the youngest of three children for her parents, Clara and Frederick. What were the names of her siblings?

From Quiz Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Answer: Madge and Monty

Agatha Christie had two older siblings - Margaret or Marjorie Frary ("Madge") and Louis Montant ("Monty"). Madge's real name is uncertain as some sources say Margaret and others say Marjorie. Agatha Christie did not mention Madge's real name in her autobiography. However, given that Agatha's mother was raised by her aunt Margaret, it is likely that the Millers named their firstborn daughter after her. According to Agatha Christie, she herself was named after her maternal grandmother, and Monty was named after his father's greatest friend in America, so it is logical that Madge was also named after someone. When describing her childhood, Agatha Christie stated that she remembered little of her brother and sister and she presumed this was because they were away at school, whereas she herself was home-schooled. The incorrect answers are all character names from her novels. Thomas and Prudence are Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (who appear in four novels and a book of short stories). Letitia and Charlotte were the Blacklock sisters from "A Murder is Announced" and Arthur and Dulcie were Captain Hastings (Poirot's "Watson") and his wife.

13. 'The Playboy of the Western World' is probably the best known work of the Dublin born author J M Synge. For what does the M stand in his name?

From Quiz Authors from the Emerald Isle

Answer: Millington

John Millington Synge was born in Dublin in 1871 and died there, aged only thirty-seven, from Hodgkin's disease. Synge was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre in his home town, where 'The Playboy of the Western World' received its premiere in 1907. The play caused controversy, and a riot on its opening night, as it was considered to be immoral - the lead character (the 'playboy') having claimed to have killed his father. The play is the best known of Synge's writings, with his early death giving him little time in which to build on his success.

14. What is the home country of author T.C. Boyle (1948-?), author of "World's End"?

From Quiz The Author Challenge

Answer: USA

Thomas Coraghessan Boyle was born in New York in 1948. As a student, he attended the State University of New York in Potsdam. His third novel, "World's End" was written in 1987 and won him the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988.

15. It was a topper of a day on March 27, 1892 when which bewitched author was born in Annapolis, Maryland?

From Quiz Literary Lights from the Land of Pleasant Living

Answer: Thorne Smith

James Thorne Smith Jr.(March 27, 1892-June 21, 1934) wrote many humorous science fiction and fantasy tales, but is best known for those that were made into movies and television programs. His books "Topper" (1926) and "Topper Takes a Trip" (1932) were made into three successful Hollywood movies (1937 - 1941) featuring such stars as Billie Burke and Cary Grant. In 1953, "Topper" also provided the basis for a successful television program of the same name starring Leo G. Carroll. Another of Smith's books, "The Passionate Witch", was produced as the movie "I Married a Witch" (1942), which starred Veronica Lake and Frederick March. The subsequent television program "Bewitched" (1964 - 1972) starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens. The program was such a hit that the series continued to be popular even after Dick Sargeant replaced Dick York as Samantha's husband Darren (or as Endora would say, "Durwood, Darwin, or What's his name"). References: Wikipedia. "Bewitched" Wikipedia. "Thorne Smith" Wikipedia. "Topper"

16. All his life Alfred Wainwright was a dedicated follower of a soccer team. Which was it?

From Quiz Alfred Wainwright: Fell-Walker

Answer: Blackburn Rovers

He supported Blackburn Rovers all his life and formed the Supporters Club, of which he was Treasurer. After matches it was customary for people to queue up at fish and chip shops with basins to collect fish and chips for Saturday tea.

17. International bestseller Cornelia Funke created the "Inkheart" trilogy amongst others, but which is her native country?

From Quiz Children's Books on a Journey Round the World

Answer: Germany

Funke is hailed as an international bestseller, so not many avid readers know she is really from Germany. She wrote the "Inkheart Trilogy", "Dragonrider" and "The Thief Lord". "Inkheart" and "The Thief Lord" have been made into good movies.

18. Which literary figure once owned the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott?

From Quiz 19th Century Massachusetts Literary Scene

Answer: Ralph Waldo Emerson

In addition to his own home, Emerson also owned Thoreau's property on Walden Pond, the Alcott's Orchard House, and Hawthorne's Wayside.

19. Who gave Hemingway his first six-toed cat?

From Quiz The Hemingway House

Answer: a sea captain

Hemingway's first six-toed cat was a tomcat. Many years ago, ship captains believed six-toed cats to be good luck.

20. She had an abandoned English castle for a home, together with her husband she added a wonderful garden to it and was a friend of Virginia Woolf's. Who is this daughter of Eve?

From Quiz Writers And Where They Lived

Answer: Vita Sackville-West

Vanessa Bell was Virginia Woolf's sister and mother of Quentin Bell; Violet and Rosamund were friends of Vita's. Vita's castle is now better known as Sissinghurst Gardens.

21. In what country was Truman Capote born?

From Quiz Authors Birthplaces

Answer: United States

Truman is the author of such books as 'The Grass Harp' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.

22. O. Henry, pseudonym of William Sidney Porter (1862-1910) was a short-story writer. American or British?

From Quiz Authors: British or American?

Answer: American

He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina.

23. When did Wisconsin historian Frederick Jackson Turner put forth his "Frontier Thesis"?

From Quiz Writers from Wisconsin

Answer: 1893

Frederick Jackson Turner was one of the foremost historians of the 20th century. His "Frontier Thesis" helped to shape most writing about US history over the last century. And it created new political phrases such as "The New Frontier." Turner's basic thesis, which he released in 1893, was that the westward expansion of the United States had shaped the character of the country, making it more democratic. Turner's version is obviously very Euro-centric. Native Americans might have a different interpretation of how expansion shaped the character of the country. Turner was born in Portage in 1861. Turner spent 20 years at the University of Wisconsin, where he did his most significant writing, before moving to Harvard. Not only was Turner an important writer, but he was a significant mentor to some of the more significant historians of the 20th century, such as Merle Curti, Herbert Bolton, and Carl Becker.

24. Nora Barnacle was the long time partner, and later wife, of which author?

From Quiz Authors from the Emerald Isle

Answer: James Joyce

Nora met Joyce in 1904 at the age of twenty, having already seen two previous boyfriends die from natural causes. Their relationship began quickly, although they did not marry until 1931. Their two children were born in 1905 and 1907, in Europe, where the couple spent most of their lives. Nora is frequently described as Joyce's 'muse' and they stayed together until he died, in Zurich, in 1941. Nora stayed in Zurich after his death until she passed on in 1951.

25. Author of "Across the Bitter Glass", Eilis Dillon, was born in what country?

From Quiz The Author Challenge

Answer: Ireland

Eilis Dillon was born in Galway, Ireland in 1920. "Across the Bitter Glass" is her most famous novel published after her husband's death. Eilis died in 1994 with over fifty books having been published. She was buried next to her husband in Clare County, Ireland.

26. There was certainly no red storm rising in Baltimore, Maryland on the beautiful spring day of April 12, 1947 when which author was born?

From Quiz Literary Lights from the Land of Pleasant Living

Answer: Tom Clancy

Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr. was not only born in Maryland, but also attended the local colleges of Loyola Blakefield and Loyola College of Baltimore. Among his best selling pre and post Cold War espionage novels that have been produced as successful films are "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games", "Clear and Present Danger", and "The Sum of All Fears". Clancy has also lent his name and endorsement to a series of ghost written nonfiction books and independently developed video games. Reference: Wikipedia. "Tom Clancy"

27. In 1920 Alfred Wainwright got his first job. What was it?

From Quiz Alfred Wainwright: Fell-Walker

Answer: Office boy at the Town Hall

His first job was as office boy at Blackburn Town Hall. He was very bright at school and could have stayed on for further education but wanted to earn money to help out his mother as they were not well off. He was very meticulous at work, taking pride in keeping his books neatly and resolved to study and gain qualifications.

28. Like digging holes? Then you like Louis Sachar's idea of punishment. Where was this author born?

From Quiz Children's Books on a Journey Round the World

Answer: USA

He was born in New York. In 1999 he won the Newbery Medal for his novel "Holes" which has also been made into a movie.

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