Bookish Christmas Quiz – From Alison Brodie



  1. Love in a Cold Climate. Nancy Mitford

“I am obliged to begin this story with…”

  1. A hangover the size of a small planet
  2. A brief account of the Hampton family
  3. No idea how to end it
  4. A history of the Wyndham family



  1. the time travlerThe Time Traveller’s Wife. Audrey Niffeneger.

“Claire: It’s hard being…”

  1. Left behind.
  2. Left out
  3. Left handed
  4. Left on the shelf


  1. Fifty shades of Grey. E L James

“I scowl with frustration at…”

  1. This interminable shag-fest
  2. Critics
  3. Myself in the mirror
  4. The view from my window




  1.  Jane Austen

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a…”

  1. Bosom like giant melons
  2. Comfortable home
  3. Horrid hairy lip
  4. Vast country estate


  1. A Room with a View. E M Forster.

“The signora had no…”

  1. Idea how to make a decent mojito
  2. Business to do it
  3. Loo paper
  4. Sang froid


  1. The Great Gatsby. F Scott Fitzgerald

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me…”

  1. A real insight on how to hotwire a Chevrolet Apache
  2. The Brussel sprouts he didn’t want
  3. Some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since
  4. His old pocket watch


  1. To the Lighthouse. Virginia Woolfe

“Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow,” said Mrs. Ramsay. “But you’ll have to be up…”

  1. All night with those lush-heads
  2. Doing some hard loving
  3. With the lark
  4. With the kitchen staff


  1. Anna Karenina. Leon Tolstoy

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family…”

  1. Is resistant to whoopee cushions
  2. Is a barrel of fun at Christmas
  3. Is unhappy in its own way
  4. Is tortured from within
  5. Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell

“Scarlett O’Hara was not…”

  1. Mexican
  2. Great in the sack
  3. Beautiful
  4. Well-read


  1. Peyton Place. Grace Metalious

“Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate…”

  1. And difficult to sleep with
  2. And sweaty
  3. But fickle
  4. But smelly



  1. Women in Love. D H Lawrence

“Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in their window-bay of their father’s house in Beldover…”

  1. Checking out the postman’s posterior
  2. Stark naked
  3. Working and talking
  4. Knitting and gossiping


  1. Plan Bea CoverPlan Bea.  Hilary Grossman

‘If I’d heard one more word about Miriam’s granddaughter’s college acceptance, I would’ve had to…”

  1. Lose my sanity
  2. Strangle her
  3. Never speak to her again
  4. Abandon ship


  1. What is the last thing Rhett says?  “My dear, I don’t give a…”
  2. Hoot
  3. Flying fart
  4. Toss
  5. Damn








  1. The End of the Affair. Graham Greene

“A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses…”

  1. Any old random point just to get it going
  2. Convoluted language by which to postulate the simplest of ideas
  3. That moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead
  4. A moving target, and one hopes one hits it.



  1. Pride and Prejudice.  Jane Austen

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling…”

  1. Off the kerb
  2. Faint
  3. In love
  4. Head over heels


  1. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  Which book will you find this in?


  1. Rachel
  2. Rebecca
  3. Renaldo
  4. Restoration



  1. In Wuthering Heights, what did the ghost of Cathy say, when she tapped on the window?


  1. “This needs a squirt of Windowlene.”
  2. “Please, open the window.”
  3. “Great double-glazing.”
  4. “Let me in – Let me in.”


  1. The Go-Between.  L P Hartley

“The past is…”

  1. Gone
  2. A West Coast rock band
  3. Yesterday
  4. A foreign country




  1. The Hundred Gifts.  Jennifer Scott

“It was the scent of Christmas, a smell God intended, and she nearly buckled under the weight of…”

  1. Santa
  2. Memories
  3. Rudolph the red nose reindeer
  4. Nostalgia



  1. love in the detailsLove in the Details.  Becky Wade

‘Here, they could say hello to one another without blocking traffic like a boulder in the middle of a…”

  1. Moon landing
  2. Train track
  3. Christmas procession
  4. Stream




1. 2

2. 1

3. 3

4. 2

5. 2

6 .3

7. 3

8. 3

9. 3

10. 3

11. 3

12. 4

13. 4

14. 3

15. 3

16. 1

17. 4

18. 4

19. 2

20. 4


alison brodeiAbout Alison Brodie

Alison Brodie writes romance.  She was a model, modelling for a wide range of products, including Ducatti motorbikes and Seven-up.  She was also the vampire in the Pepsi commercial.

She then became an internationally published author with Hodder, Heyne and Unieboek.

Now, she is taking the exhilarating first steps to becoming an Indie author.  She has five books ready to go.“The Double” will be available on Amazon Kindle on 22 January.

Alison likes to write stories that have conflict, sexual tension, character transformation and humour.

She lives in France with her family and rescue mutt.

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