Sunday, 30 December 2012

The 2012 WWJ End-of-Year Massive Quiz

Have you been paying attention? Yeah, well, we’ll be the judges of that. All the answers can be found in the Words with JAM archives of this year. (Or Google. But think how cheap and low-down lazy you’d feel.)

Twenty literary questions and a wild card question to act as a tie-breaker. The winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher and an official WWJ Mug.

Two rules: regular WWJ columnists can enter but will not be eligible for the prize, and JJ Marsh's decision is final.

Answers in the body of an email to by midnight 5th January 2013.

  1. Sherlock Holmes and Elizabeth Bennet rode on, despite the demise of their creators. Who stepped into Conan Doyle’s and Austen’s shoes, and with which books? 4 points
  2. How did Terry Pratchett describe his Alzheimer’s disease? 1 point
  3. What colour is the official Words with JAM mug, and what slogan does it bear? 2 points
  4. Name the city which links Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes, Robert Harris’s The Fear Index, and Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. 1 point
  5. Which author won 2012 The Alliance of Radical Bookshops’ Bread and Roses prize and with which book? 2 points
  6. Hilary Mantel won her second Booker Prize this year. Who are the three other authors to have won the prize twice? 3 points
  7. Which author collaborated with Margaret Atwood on a zombie novel, and via which platform? 2 points
  8. Whose real name is Vin Deighan? 1 point
  9. Which publishing heavyweight joined forces with Penguin/Pearson this year? 1 point
  10. The ‘Aye Write’ Festival takes place in which city, the home town of which WWJ correspondent? 2 points
  11. Which London venue hosted ‘Shakespeare: staging the world’? 1 point
  12. Whose novel was adapted into the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’? 2 points for author and title
  13. Three men, two titles, one play: John Gay, Bertolt Brecht, Václav Havel. 2 points for both titles
  14. The first WWJ podcast of 2012 was which previous cover girl, reading her first chapter of her novel? 2 points, author and title
  15. Which literary agency, with whom WWJ has enjoyed a long and happy association, was joined by fiction agent David Haviland this year? 1 point
  16. Which animal links Jojo Moyes, Michael Morpurgo and Nicholas Evans? 3 points for 3 titles
  17. Which Man Booker shortlister did our prescient contributor Dan Holloway pick out this time last year? 2 points for title and author
  18. What does ‘Tacenda’ (one of the WWJ review ratings) mean? 1 point
  19. Where did JD Smith and Gillian Hamer interview Sir Richard Taylor, co-founder of the Weta Workshop? 1 point
  20. Which book was adapted to film this year, directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis? 2 points for title and author

    Tie-break question: finish this sentence in 140 characters or fewer.
  21. Reading Words with JAM is like ...
Answers in the body of an email to by midnight 5th January 2013.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas Podcast

Just in time for Christmas, we have a stocking filler of a podcast for you: : the opening chapters of Ziptux's Incredible Cricket Adventures, a children's novel by Brijesh Luthra, read by the author.

Ziptux is a cricket-crazy 9-year old boy living in Switzerland, who dreams of being the best cricketer on Earth. His Swiss friends have no interest in the game, so he spends his time playing cricket with his silent partner – an abandoned scarecrow. 

One day, while trying to find his lost ball, Ziptux meets a man who calls himself Mr. Trick-them-all, from the planet Kiri-Kiri-kit, who may just have been the person who introduced cricket to the Earth in the first place. 

Can Ziptux prove himself spiffy enough for this new world? And what will happen if he does? 

You can find out more about the author and his writing at