Easy as ABC

I was hoping to write a few more book reviews but, shamefully, I haven’t finished a book in a while. One of these days there will be an onslaught of recently-read books, but I’m afraid there is a review pile which is rapidly growing and never diminishing. Sorry! Instead, I shall offer a little mind-troubler. My Aunt Jacq. and I are regular correspondents (which reminds me, it’s my turn to write – will get to it soon, Jacq!) and used to often set little literary challenges for each other. One of the ones I liked best was an ABC sort of puzzle. The variety which doesn’t leave one’s mind all day…

It’s authors whose titles begin with the same letter as their surname… like Austen and… erm… no, let’s try Bronte and… wait a moment… Dickens and Dombey and Son, there’s one. Woolf and The Waves. You get the idea… harder than it thinks. Let’s see if we can cobble together an alphabet between us – I’ve got D and W sorted. Only ABCEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ to cover…

9 thoughts on “Easy as ABC

  • March 4, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Rudyard Kipling and ‘Kim’?

  • March 5, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Jonathan Smith Summer in February
    Libby Purves Passing Go

    Good game, good game!

  • March 5, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Colette, “Claudine a Paris”
    A J Cronin, “The Citadel”

    Dark Puss (I’ll leave all the remaining letters for other readers!)

  • March 5, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Does Rose Tremain’s The Colour count?

    Or, if The doesn’t count, what about John Fowles’s the French Lieutenant’s woman?

  • March 5, 2008 at 9:49 am

    And Herman Melville – Moby Dick.

  • March 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Nathaniel Hawthorne – House of Seven Gables? (I’m leaving off ‘the’ as it gets everwhere…)

  • March 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Chaucer – the Canterbury Tales
    du Maurier – My Cousin Rachel (cheat?)

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