Call yourself a booklover? Well, test your knowledge with our end of year quiz about what happened in the world of books – everything from Harry Potter to James Bond to Oprah to awards and who said what.


1. Who won the 2007 Man Booker Prize?

Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Darkmans by Nicola Barker
The Gathering by Anne Enright

2. Which one of these books did Oprah not select for her book club in 2007?

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

3. What was author Ian McEwan accused to stealing?

Some pebbles
A bunch of flowers
A four-pack of beer

4. What was JK Rowling's 'wardrobe malfunction' during her appearance in Los Angeles on her mini-book tour?

She took her seat with her dress tucked into her knickers
She took her seat with her bra on show
She took her seat and with her sweater on inside out
She took her seat and her trousers fell down

5. A well-known internet retailer (not AbeBooks) launched an e-reader device for electronic books – what was it called?

The Swindle
The Spindle
The Kindle
The Candle

6. Two US newspapers published reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (much to JK's disgust) before the book was published on July 21 – the NY Times was one but what was the other one?

LA Times
Washington Post
Seattle Times
Baltimore Sun

7. Which one of these authors did not die in 2007?

Norman Mailer
John Gardner
Jean Baudrillard
JD Salinger

8. Who won the annual bad sex in fiction award in 2007?

Norman Mailer
Jodi Picoult
Salman Rushdie
Cormac McCarthy

9. A court revealed how many people had asked for refunds after buying James Frey's 'faked' memoir A Million Little Pieces – what was the figure?

7, 029

10. Which author was selected to write the next James Bond book?

Sebastian Faulks
Julian Barnes
Iain Banks
Ian Rankin

11. Which American author published a novel that combined rabies with crashing cars for fun?

Thomas Pynchon
Brett Easton Ellis
Philip Roth
Chuck Palahniuk

12. Who said: “The store is doing well enough, breaking even. I love having a bookstore in my neighborhood. That's why I started it. And I thought it made sense to buy books and get the employee discount, although I'm probably losing money on that.”

Stephen King
Garrison Keillor
Armistead Maupin
Scott Turow

13. Which author sends books to the prime minister of Canada in the hope of winning more funding for the arts?

Douglas Coupland
Yann Martel
Margaret Atwood
Douglas Glover

14. At Canada's prestigious Giller Awards, an author brought along a packed lunch and refused to eat the venue's dinner in a protest against an international hotel development – who was it?

Douglas Coupland
Yann Martel
Margaret Atwood
Douglas Glover

15. Which John Steinbeck first edition sold for $47,800 in February?

Cup of Gold
Of Mice and Men
The Grapes of Wrath
Tortilla Flat

16. Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, was spotted carrying which book?

Skinny Bitch
Eat, Pray Love
The Secret
Who Moved My Cheese?

17. Gordon Brown became the UK's prime minister and announced his summer reading list – which book was not on his list?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
The Widow and Her Hero by Thomas Keneally
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

18. Which influential American novel celebrated its 50th anniversary in September?

To Kill A Mockingbird
On The Road
Catch 22
The Catcher in the Rye

19. Who said: "I'm surrounded by my metaphors. The arts and sciences are connected. Scientists have to have a metaphor. All scientists start with imagination."

Ray Bradbury
Robert Jordan
Iain M Banks
Arthur C Clarke

20. The follow-up to Gone With The Wind was released – what was it called?

Rhett Butler’s People
Rhett Butler’s Passion
Rhett Butler's Poverty
Rhett Butler's Pursuit

21. Which one of these rock stars did not release an autobiography in 2007?

Eric Clapton
Stevie Winwood
Ronnie Wood

22. Who said: "PreGoogle, a writer preparing for an interview (with an author) had to do genuine research involving paper, libraries, legwork and some dimension of vim. These days, one merely Googles and goes to the 137th page of results to give the illusion of in-depth investigation."

Cory Doctorow
Douglas Coupland
Bill Bryson
William Gibson

23. Which supermodel recommended Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust to her movie director husband, starting a chain of events that led to the book being released as a movie this year?

Claudia Schiffer
Cindy Crawford
Christy Turlington
Kate Moss

24. Who said: "I saw these women trailed by their children, and I wondered who they were underneath those garments, what they had been through during the last 30 years. That's when I got the idea of writing a novel about their lives."

Anne Enright
Philip Pullman
Khaled Hosseini
Kim Edwards

25. Which US comic released an autobiography and a children's alphabet book in 2007?

Jerry Seinfeld
Steve Martin
Bill Murray
Chevy Chase