Not Just Narnia…


Yesterday I got a nice postcard and letter in the post from a regular correspondent, my aunt Jacq – I’ve put up a photo of the postcard. It is brilliantly apposite for Stuck-in-a-Book, and appears to have been bought in Berlin – I do hope Jacq didn’t make the trip to Germany especially for me. I rather think not.

We’ve exchanged letters for five years now, and through that time have often set each other Literary Challenges of some sort or other – I thought I’d share this one. Have done my best (which turned out not to be very good) without resorting to good old Google. So please do give a hand, but only if you know them already – let’s not cheat just yet!

Ok, the challenge is this – all of these are fictional places, or real places used in literature. Who are the authors?

I only got 13. Oo, exactly half.

Archenland
Brobdingnag
Cranford
Dune
Erewhon
Frenchman’s Creek
Gormenghast
Hogsmead
Ishmaelia
Judas College, Oxford
Kenilworth
Loamshire
Mariposa
Neverland
Oz
Puddleby-on-the-Marsh
Quarne
Ruritania
St. Mary Mead
Troytown
Utopia
Villette
Wigan Pier
Xanadu
Yell’ham Bottom
Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

9 thoughts on “Not Just Narnia…

  • April 28, 2007 at 11:05 pm
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    Brobdingnag – Swift
    Frenchman’s Creek – du Maurier
    Hogsmead – Rowling
    Kenilworth – this is real, it’s near Leamington
    Neverland – Barrie
    Ruritania – is this Orwell?
    St. Mary Mead – Christie
    Xanadu – Colerige

    Feeble effort on my part. Several more that I’m sure I know really.

  • April 28, 2007 at 11:35 pm
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    Hmm…plenty I don’t know, and several that are hauntingly familiar without my quite being able to put a name to them…but let’s see if I can add to Colin’s efforts.

    Archenland – Lewis, I think. Isn’t that one of Narnia’s neighbouring countries?
    Erewhon – Butler (part of his oh-so-witty wordplay)
    Gormenghast – Peake (I think)
    Utopia – Thomas More/Moore (however you spell it – probably other authors too)
    Wigan Pier – Orwell
    Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha – Adams

  • April 29, 2007 at 1:29 am
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    Cranford – Gaskell
    Oz-Baum
    Villette – Charlotte Bronte

    Some more *sound* familiar. I’d like to see the entire list.

  • April 29, 2007 at 8:45 am
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    forgot Oz- Baum
    The only ones I have actually READ are:

    Scoop
    Northern Lights
    Middlemarch (if that IS where Loamshire comes from)
    Peter Pan
    The W of OZ and its sequel
    Kubla Khan

  • April 29, 2007 at 8:53 am
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    Kenilworth is Walter Scott
    Dune is Frank Herbert

  • April 29, 2007 at 9:02 am
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    I’ve tried to post my list TWICE already and it has lost both attampts tho’ my top-up comment HAS appeared. What is going on?
    Ok, so one’s people haven’t already mentioned are

    Gormenghast – Peak(e)
    Ishmaelia – his where that blundering jornalist in Scoop by Waugh, gets sent
    Judas Collge – Pullman?
    St Mary Mead is where Miss Marple either lives or visits – by Christie

    Troytown – Quiller Couch – his name for Fowey, Cornwall

  • April 29, 2007 at 9:56 pm
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    Hi Si – the Aged Ps

    Archenland CS Lewis
    Brobdingnag – Swift
    Cranford – Gaskell
    Dune – Herbert
    Erewhon – Butler
    Frenchman’s Creek – du Maurier
    Gormenghast – Peake
    Hogsmead – Pratchett?
    Ishmaelia – ?
    Judas College, Oxford – Dexter?
    Kenilworth – Scott
    Loamshire – Trollope?
    Mariposa – ?
    Neverland – Barrie
    Oz – wizard of (Baum)
    Puddleby-on-the-Marsh – ?
    Quarne – ?
    Ruritania – Prisoner of Zenda
    St. Mary Mead – Christie
    Troytown – Hardy?
    Utopia – Moore
    Villette – Charlotte Bronte
    Wigan Pier – Orwell
    Xanadu – Coleridge
    Yell’ham Bottom – Laurie Lee?
    Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha – ?

  • April 30, 2007 at 7:18 am
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    The only ones that no-one has yet identified are:
    Judas College, Oxford
    Mariposa
    Puddleby-on-the-Marsh
    Qvarne (note spelling – probably a result of poor handwriting of Aunt and too much English education of Nephew)
    Yell’ham Bottom.

    I was surprised at the Aged Ps not recognising Hogsmead! Did the Prisoner of Zenda write any other books?

  • April 30, 2007 at 7:44 am
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    Judas College — Zuleika Dobson
    Puddleby — Dr Doolittle!

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