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Old 4th Mar 2005, 20:47   #1
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Name the book and author.

1. During her last year my mother grew obsessive about the emblems of empire: the Union Jack, the Tower of London, the Queen and Mrs Thatcher. As the light in her eyes began to fade, she plastered the apartment with tourist posters of Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard and magazine photographs of the royal family; her accent became posher and her face took on the guise of an elderly duchess who had suffered a long exile. She was lonely and sad and distant as the end came close. (1996)

2. In August 1992, when the dog days were drawing to an end, I set off to walk the county of Suffolk, in the hope of dispelling the emptiness that takes hold of me whenever I have completed a long stint of work. (The Rings of Saturn, W.G. Sebald, 1998, in English)

3. When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs Nugent. (The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe, 1992)

4. The taxi driver seemed embarrassed to find there was no one - not even a clerk behind the reception desk - waiting to welcome me. He wandered across the deserted lobby, perhaps hoping to discover a member of staff concealed behind one of the plants or armchairs. Eventually he put my suitcases down beside the elevator doors and, mumbling some excuse, took his leave of me. (The Unconsoled, Kazuo Ishiguro, 1995)

5. If there was a bishop, my mother would have him to tea. (198

6. Trapped. Crushed. Weight coming from all directions, entangled in the wreckage (you have to become one with the machine). Please, no fire, no fire. Shit. This hurts. (The Bridge, Iain Banks, 1986)

7. I am in a car park in Leeds when I tell my husband I don't want to be married to him any more. (How to be Good, Nick Hornby, 2001)

8. Early in the morning, late in the century, Cricklewood Broadway. (White Teeth, Zadie Smith, 2000)

9. - Dad.
This was my older son, Louis, then aged eleven.
- Yes?
My dad would have said, '...Yeeesss?' - with a dip in it, to signal mild but invariable irritation. I once asked him why he did this and he said, 'Well I'm already here, aren't I?' For him, the Dad-Yes? interlude was a clear redundancy, because we were in the same room together and established as having some kind of conversation, however desultory (and unenlightening, from his point of view). I saw what he meant; but five minutes later I would find myself saying, 'Dad.' And then I would brace myself for an especially vehement affirmative. I was a teenager before I broke the habit. Children need a beat of time, to secure attention while the thought is framed. (Experience, Martin Amis, 2000)

10. Tragedy had struck the Winshaws twice before, but never on such a terrible scale. (What a Carve Up!, Jonathan Coe, 1994)
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Old 4th Mar 2005, 21:30   #2
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1-10. Pass

how did I do?
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Old 4th Mar 2005, 23:56   #3
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lmao jerkass. me too.

number one sounds familiar (which is horribly like a conversation i had with a chinese woman this evening when i told her i nearly went to beijing this year. but didn't)

number eight i swear i know. doesn't the book have cricklewood in the title? damn damn damn.
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Old 5th Mar 2005, 10:18   #4
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Dammit, I meant these to be easier than previous ones... Wavid will get the last one, anyway! Jerkass will get number 4 when he has worked his way a little further through a particular oeuvre... :wink: Oh and no kumquat, Cricklewood ain't in the title.
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Old 5th Mar 2005, 12:46   #5
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I don't think I know any of these - is No. 8 Ballard? Actually No. 6 could be Ballard as well (given the subject matter).
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No, sorry. I've added in the years of publication, in case that helps.
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i was thinking of 'toujours cricklewood?' which i eventually had to search for on amazon because the title was bugging me. i know that's cheating but it's not like i was getting close!
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I haven't read neither, but I'm guessing:

4 - Ishiguro, The Unconsoled

9 - Amis? Experience??
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Well done m!
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Is No. 10 Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up?
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