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Tricky quiz challenges you to identify novels from minimalist covers

From Game of Thrones to The Great Gatsby, this tricky literature quiz promises to put your knowledge of classic novels – particularly their front covers – to the test.

The challenge, created by British river cruise company Emerald Waterways, sees 12 well-known book jackets redesigned in a minimalist aesthetic. 

Participants are tasked with guessing the popular novels from a choice of four options, with cryptic clues included to point them in the right direction.

Over 2,500 Britons have played the quiz so far – with just 10 per cent managing to get full marks. 

The fastest successful player competed the challenge in one minute and four seconds, while the average was nearly two minutes.

Do you think you can correctly figure out all the books? Scroll down to take the test and then check your answers below. 

1. Clue: Set between a rock and a hard place, this classic novel takes you there and back again. 

Set between a rock and a hard place, this classic novel takes you there and back again

Set between a rock and a hard place, this classic novel takes you there and back again

A. The Fellowship of the Ring

B. The Hobbit

C. The Two Towers

D. The Return of the King

2. Clue: Inspiring a cult film, this 1974 novel continues to instil a fear of sharks in people today.

Inspiring a cult film, this 1974 novel continues to instil a fear of sharks in people today

Inspiring a cult film, this 1974 novel continues to instil a fear of sharks in people today

A. Close to Shore

B. Moby Dick

C. Jaws

D. 438 Days

3. Clue: This book, part of a series, could be described as the one when things get serious.

: This book, part of a series, could be described as the one when things get serious

: This book, part of a series, could be described as the one when things get serious

A. A Feast for Crows

B. The Order of the Phoenix

C. The Girl Who Played with Fire

D. H is for Hawk

4. Clue: Always wear your best glad rags for an evening in West Egg.

Always wear your best glad rags for an evening in West Egg

Always wear your best glad rags for an evening in West Egg

A. The Sun Also Rises

B. Mrs Dalloway

C. Babbitt

D. The Great Gatsby

5. Clue: Ruth Wilson starred in the TV adaptation of this book’s series in November 2019.

Ruth Wilson starred in the TV adaptation of this book's series in November 2019

Ruth Wilson starred in the TV adaptation of this book’s series in November 2019

A. Through the Looking Glass

B. The Amber Spyglass

C. Alice in Wonderland

D.  To the Lighthouse

6. Clue: Many scenes from this book’s adaptation were filmed on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast.

Many scenes from this book's adaptation were filmed on Croatia's beautiful Dalmatian Coast

Many scenes from this book’s adaptation were filmed on Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast

A. The Talented Mr Ripley

B. The Man with the Golden Gun

C. A Game of Thrones

D. Call Me By Your Name

7. Clue: This controversial 1962 novel is partly written in a Russian- influenced slang called ‘Nadsat’.

This controversial 1962 novel is partly written in a Russian- influenced slang called 'Nadsat'

This controversial 1962 novel is partly written in a Russian- influenced slang called ‘Nadsat’

A. Catch 22

B. Slaughterhouse- Five

C. The Man in the High Castle

D. A Clockwork Orange

8. Clue:

8. Clue: This book is best described as the ultimate coming-of-age novel.

This book is best described as the ultimate coming-of-age novel

This book is best described as the ultimate coming-of-age novel

A. Lord of the Flies

B. The Catcher in the Rye

C. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

D. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

9. Clue: This novel created the concept of ‘a problem for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem’.

This seminal novel created the concept of 'a problem for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem'

This seminal novel created the concept of ‘a problem for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem’

A. Catch-22

B. East of Eden

C. Invisible Man

D. Giovanni’s Room

10. Clue: Sleep-learning and intelligence-based social hierarchies are just two of the themes present in this groundbreaking dystopian novel.

Sleep-learning and intelligence-based social hierarchies are just two of the themes present in this groundbreaking dystopian novel

Sleep-learning and intelligence-based social hierarchies are just two of the themes present in this groundbreaking dystopian novel

A. 1984

B. The Handmaid’s Tale

C. Fahrenheit 451

D. Brave New World

11. Clue: Claiming the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, this progressive novel is today recognised as a classic of modern American literature.

Claiming the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, this progressive novel is today recognised as a classic of modern American literature

Claiming the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, this progressive novel is today recognised as a classic of modern American literature

A. Of Mice and Men

B. The Grapes of Wrath

C. To Kill a Mockingbird

D. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

12. Clue: The film adaptation of this novel – starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins – is arguable better-known than the book

The film adaptation of this novel - starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins – is arguable better-known than the book

The film adaptation of this novel – starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins – is arguable better-known than the book 

A. The War of the Worlds

B. Psycho

C. Little Women

D. The Thirty- Nine Steps

ANSWERS 

1. B. The Hobbit

2. C. Jaws

3. B. The Order of the Phoenix

4. D. The Great Gatsby

5. B. The Amber Spyglass

6. C. A Game of Thrones

7. D. A Clockwork Orange

8. B. The Catcher in the Rye

9. A. Catch22

10. D. Brave New World

11. C. To Kill a Mockingbird

12. B. Psycho

Revealed: How authors including J.K. Rowling and The Alchemist’s Paulo Coelho earn up to £1,550 per WORD from the sale of their chart-topping books 

Authors have earned as much as £1,500 per word from the sale of their best-selling books, research shows. 

British writer J.K. Rowling, who has an estimated net worth of £795million, tops the list with her first Harry Potter book, The Philosopher’s Stone, which has brought in approximately £1,563 per word in the 23 years since its release.  

Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho’s 1988 novel The Alchemist is the second highest earner at £1,297 per word.

The results of the study (seen above) were collated by analysing 100 of the best-selling books across the world from living authors and taking the number of approximate copies sold worldwide per novel

The results of the study (seen above) were collated by analysing 100 of the best-selling books across the world from living authors and taking the number of approximate copies sold worldwide per novel

The analysis was carried out by UK-based training company The Knowledge academy. 

Researchers compiled a list of the 100 best-selling books by living authors, ranked by number of copies sold worldwide.

Then the earnings to date of each author were calculated – based on an accepted industry average of 10 per cent net profit participation – before this was divided by the average number of words per book, which works out to approximately 275 per page, according to the study.

In first place on the top 20 list is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – which contains 76,944 words.

The debut glimpse at the famous wizard’s adventures has seemingly earned J.K. Rowling – who is thought to be worth £795million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2020 – a staggering £429,955.16 per page and £1,563.47 per word to date.

The Harry Potter books made roughly £6.1billion, which means J.K. Rowling would have earned between £610million and £915million from the novels when based on the average 10 to 15 per cent of royalties given to an author, according to Fortune. 

Ranked as the second highest earning book is The Alchemist – which is around 45,000 words long – by Paulo Coelho. 

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, pictured

Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist (pictured) is the second highest earner in the research by UK-based training company The Knowledge Academy

With the top spot going to Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (pictured left), Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist (pictured right) is the second highest earner in the research by UK-based training company The Knowledge Academy

In fifth, sixth and seventh place are Follow Your Heart (Va’ dove ti porta il cuore) by Susanna Tamaro, Fifty Shades of Grey (pictured) by E. L. James and The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins – they are estimated to make £536.68, £495.87 and £464.36 per word for their writers respectively

In fifth, sixth and seventh place are Follow Your Heart (Va’ dove ti porta il cuore) by Susanna Tamaro, Fifty Shades of Grey (pictured) by E. L. James and The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins – they are estimated to make £536.68, £495.87 and £464.36 per word for their writers respectively

Selling at least 65million copies, it earned him £1,297.40 per word (£356,785.71 per page), according to the study. 

The novel follows an Andalusian shepherd boy called Santiago, who travels to the pyramids of Egypt, in the hope of finding treasure.

The people he meets impart life-changing wisdom, but he ultimately realises that the treasure was right where he started all along.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is in third place, adding to J. K. Rowling’s impressive list – it apparently generates £245,111.55 per page and £891.32 for every word written.

As another sequel to a famous series, The Da Vinci Code claims fourth place. The Dan Brown thriller is said to earn an impressive £147,075.66 per page and £534.82 for each term.

In fifth, sixth and seventh place are Follow Your Heart (Va’ dove ti porta il cuore) by Susanna Tamaro, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James and The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins – they are estimated to make £536.68, £495.87 and £464.36 per word for their writers respectively.

 

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