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By Kirsty OUP-UK

Just a short post from the UK this morning, but one that should really get you thinking. Our book How Novels Work, which is no stranger to us at OUPblog (as you can see here and here), is now coming out in paperback. To celebrate this, author John Mullan put together a few booky brainteasers, and here they are. The answers can be found here – but no cheating!

Q1. What do the endings of John Banville’s The Sea, Graham Swift’s The Light of Day, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved have in common?

mullan-pb.jpgQ2. Which is Ian McEwan’s circadian novel?

Q3. What is the name of the book that Nathan Zuckerman is writing in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain?

Q4. Who was the first novelist in English to use free indirect style throughout a novel?

Q5. Don DeLillo’s Underworld and Annie Proulx’s Accordion Crimes are both ‘novels of circulation’: what are these?

Q6. Name a Booker Prize-winning novel of the last two decades written entirely in the present tense.

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