Wednesday 3 February 2010


Hope you enjoyed that, and well done ramblingfancy, who more or less got the right answer - Return of the Native is the odd one out, for reasons which will become clear when you see the books' opening lines...

'Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote' - The Canterbury Tales

'A Saturday afternoon in November[...]' - The Return of the Native

'April is the cruellest month' - The Waste Land

'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen' - Ninety Eighty-Four

Thanks for all your ingenious guesses!


  1. Oh wow it was that, and I did actually *know* they were first lines. Thanks for sharing the question Simon!

  2. So "obvious!" ;)
    Fun question, though!

  3. Ugh, that is obvious XD I think I need to read a few more books to get these questions in the future.

  4. Yes, perhaps 'obvious' wasn't the right word - I meant it's an obvious thing to look for, rather than it's something we all know off by heart!

  5. I missed your quiz! I will be looking out for more as I love book related trivia!

  6. Well, I was totally off! I was going with the "there's 'the' in the title," but such was not the case.

    That was fun, though!


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