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Nemo's Almanac

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Editor: Ian Patterson
Introduction by: Alan Hollinghurst
Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 208
Subject: Reference, Humour & Gift, Arts, Language & Literature

Nemo's Almanac

A Quiz for Book Lovers

Ian Patterson

A literary quiz full of quotes that will challenge, cheer and enlighten book buffs

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781259504 (Published 2 Nov 2017)
£9.99

About the book

You might recognise:
'It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'
But what about:
'Time, like an ever-rolling stream'
Or even:
'I am soft sift / In an hour-glass-at the wall / Fast, but mined with a motion, a drift, / And it crowds and it combs to the fall.'

Can you match each to their author? What about their book or poem? Welcome to Nemo's Almanac, the ultimate quiz for bibliophiles.

Wonderful, maddening, enlightening, Nemo's Almanac has been the well-guarded secret of the literary world for over one hundred years, beloved by authors and booksellers alike. Now in book form for the first time, with an account of its quirky history from Alan Hollinghurst, you can experience its fiendishly addictive qualities for yourself.

With tantalising quotes on themes from breakfast to bonfires, winter to sunshine, and including authors from Aldous Huxley to Zadie Smith, each chapter will put your knowledge and literary instinct to the test as you search for the origins to each quote. And if that tip-of-your-tongue feeling doesn't transform into the names of authors and works, you can always check the back of the book for answers that will send you on fresh journeys of literary discovery.

So curl up by a fire with your wits about you, stuff the book in your pocket for a trip to the library, or quiz the whole family after dinner.

Answers: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four; Isaac Watts, 'O God, Our Help'; Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'The Wreck of the Deutschland'

About the author

Ian Patterson is editor of Nemo's Almanac, a literary competition in its 126th year. He is also a poet, writer and a Fellow at Queens' College, Cambridge. His writing has appeared in the London Review of Books and Observer among other publications. He is author of Guernica: And Total War (Profile, 2007), and translator of Proust's Finding Time Again (Penguin, 2003).

Reviews

Among connoisseurs of literary competitions, the most coveted laurel has long gone to first-place mention in Nemo's Almanac

- New York Times

Additional Information

Editor: Ian Patterson
Introduction by: Alan Hollinghurst
Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 208
Subject: Reference, Humour & Gift, Arts, Language & Literature
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