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Old 11th Oct 2007, 9:48   #1
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A quickie version of the first lines quiz. Get the answer right and then you can post your own.

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The world's champion worrier. It is a face on which worry - more accurately worritability, the under-colour of worry - seems to have been permanently imprinted. It looks like a face incapable of lighting up with joy; a face from which joy, or even the open and unselfconscious expression of pleasure, has been forever extinguished.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 11:16   #2
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I hope it's not Gordon Brown because I quite like him.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 11:18   #3
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You mean by Gordon Brown or about Gordon Brown? It's not either. But you are sort of close...
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 12:19   #4
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I can't help thinking Leyla means Gordon Ramsay.
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Old 11th Oct 2007, 13:23   #5
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One of the two biographies of John Prescott? I'm guessing it's a biography of someone still alive (hence the present tense) and your clue suggests a politician, JS.
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Nope, it's a biography (loosely speaking) of two people who are dead: and neither is the possessor of the worritability (love that word). To complicate matters further, the worritable one has recently published his own autobiography. The Gordon Brown link is not political, and not really a Gordon Brown link at all.

The book was published in 2006.

The last lines (properly speaking, there's a quote afterwards) of the book are:

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'Occasionally, when I look into the future, I think that's how I would like it to end. Just floating away in a bloody great balloon with red and white stripes on it.'
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Best and Edwards, Gordon Burn.

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The play - for which Briony had designed the posters, programmes and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crêpe paper - was written by her in a two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch. When the preparations were complete, she had nothing to do but contemplate her finished draft and wait for the appearance of her cousins from the distant north.
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Atonement - Ian McEwan

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Heh! Two in a minute!

(For clarification, the worritable one is Bobby Charlton. The second paragraph goes like this:

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Even when England won the World Cup in 1966, bringing to a climax a summer month brimming over with a very un-English sense of carnival and expansiveness, Bobby Charlton brought a mask of tears to show the presentation party at the Royal Box. His first question to his brother Jack, on the pitch sharing the victory with him, had been a ball-aching, worritable one: 'What is there to win now?'
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Strip Tease, Carl Hiaasen(sp?)

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