The idea is simple. Think of books with titles which repeat the same word, or set of words, exactly. A made up example – Stuck, Stuck by Ina Book. There can be commas or exclamation marks or dashes, but no other words. No ‘and’, ‘with’, ‘The’ – unless, of course, they’re repeated as well. I had to strike O, These Men, These Men by Angela Thirkell off my list, once I remembered about that ‘O’ at the beginning…
I daresay this would be quite easy to cheat at, but that’s no fun – see which ones you can remember without having recourse to the internet or your bookshelves (checking suspicions is fine). I’ve been pondering it for a couple of days, and have come up with ten… In order to allow you to play along, I’ve put my answers in white text – so you can highlight them and have a look, but only when you’ve put your answers in the comment box…!
Enjoy, and don’t blame me if it drives you a little bit crazy…
Faster! Faster! – EM Delafield
Author, Author – David Lodge
The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
Lucia, Lucia – Adriana Trigiani
Kiss Kiss – Roald Dahl
Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
Speech! Speech! – Geoffrey Hill
Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett
Red Dog, Red Dog – Patrick Lane
Promises Promises – Adam Phillips
Highlight the text above to see which ones I came up with!