Brit the Elder’s quizzes are notoriously fiendish, but this one is a bit of fun for all book-lovers. Simply identify the book (or short story) and author from the initials. A few are slightly obscure but you’ll know most. There’s also a clue for each one. Readers are free to post  answers in the comments, so don’t read those if you don’t want to spoil it. Solution and part 2 to follow next week…

1. TSC by JJR  …born free…

2. GWTW by MM …tomorrow is another day.

3. TWB by CK   Tom, the little chimney sweep

4. TO or TS by AC   Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.

5. BMHAWK by DB  They made us many promises…but they never kept but one. They promised to take our land, and they took it…

6. CWR by LL    Huge and squat, the jar lay on the grass like an unexploded bomb.

7. W-T-P by AAM   These are the wrong sort of bees!

8. TSG by RD   Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it works out the reason for its existence.

9. GT by JS   Luggnagg

10. MAC by PO’B  Sophie

11. TAQ by CSF  Allnutt and Rose

12. TL-P by LW  The world is everything that is the case.

13. TWITW by KG    Uptails all!

14. TM by FK    What has happened to me?

15. D by SH   Then Bella did something very kind.

16. SV by S   Do one thing for me, SV.

17. TR by P   “So opinion and knowledge must have different correalates corresponding to their difference of faculty.”    “They must.”

18. TDOAF by AF   I want to go on living after my death.

19. MD by HM  Call me!

20. POTAAAYM  by JJ  Hero


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  1. Adelephant on Tuesday 12, 2012

    Right, on a first look, I’ve got Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell), Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne), Master and Commander (Patrick O’Brien), The wind in the Willows (Kenneth Graham), Dogger (Shirley Hughes), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)

    I feel I should know a lot more…

  2. Adelephant on Tuesday 12, 2012

    The Social contract (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

  3. Adelephant on Tuesday 12, 2012

    and Gullivers Travels (Jonathan Swift)

  4. Mr Slang on Tuesday 12, 2012

    plus:
    3. The Water Babies – Charles Kingsley
    4. The Outsider (L’Etranger) – Albert Camus
    11 The African Queen- CS Forester
    14. (The) Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
    17. The Republic – Plato

  5. jonathan law on Tuesday 12, 2012

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee — Dee Brown
    Cider with Rosie — Laurie Lee
    The Selfish Gene — Richard Dawkins
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus — Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Moby Dick — Herman Melville

  6. Adelephant on Tuesday 12, 2012

    Sredni Vashtar (Saki)

    Which leaves only one…

  7. Adelephant on Tuesday 12, 2012

    … The Diary of Anne Frank.

  8. Steve Buckley on Tuesday 12, 2012

    Diary of Anne Frank

  9. Autloy on Tuesday 12, 2012

    Got all but 2 (10 & 15) .. thanks for the missing answers.

  10. George on Tuesday 12, 2012

    No idea on 3, 6, 8, 9, 15, 19.

    16 seems to me to border on a trick question.

    • George on Tuesday 12, 2012

      Okay, strike 9 from the list.

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