When it comes to famous settings in literature, does your knowledge speak volumes or have you lost the plot?

“This is a lovely place. The little river, the Esk, runs through a deep valley, which broadens out as it comes near the harbour.” Which popular destination and literary setting is being described?

Sanditon, in Jane Austen’s unfinished novel

Broadstairs in John Buchan’s The 39 Steps

Whitby, in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Launceston in Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn

“Mother died today,” is the unemotional opening of Albert Camus’s novel The Outsider. In which French colonial city is it set?



Phnom Penh


“I do not pretend to regret anything I shall leave in _______, except your society, my dearest friend.” Which county is the obnoxious Miss Bingley referring to in this line from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?





Airstrip One in Oceania, is the fictional setting of which major 20th-century novel

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

1984, by George Orwell

Brave New World, by Isaac Asimov

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

In Booker prize winner Life of Pi, the eponymous Pi is named after what?

The ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter

Piscis Austrinus, a constellation in the southern hemisphere

A swimming pool in Paris much loved by his father

The international abbreviation for the Philippines

In Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, the two pairs of identical twins come from which cities?

Venice and Padua

Syracuse and Ephesus

Verona and Mantua

Athens and Messina

“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. . . . Nobody’d be different.” Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye is talking about which museum?

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Getty Center, Los Angeles

Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

In Charles Dickens’s novel, a penniless David Copperfield heads out of London to throw himself on the mercy of his estranged aunt Betsey Trotwood in which coastal town?





“Hotels are superstitious places. No thirteenth floor or room thirteen, no mirrors on the back of the door you come in through, stuff like that…” Which (in)famous hotel is this quotation about?

The Bates motel in Robert Bloch’s novel (and Hitchcock’s film)

Hotel New Hampshire in John Irving’s book of the same name

Evil Under the Sun, by Agatha Christie

The Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining

Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend is the first of a quartet set in which city?





Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner is set in which country?





Kevin Kwan’s novel Crazy Rich Asians, made into a film in 2018, tells of a clash between old and new money in which city?

Hong Kong


Los Angeles


“You’ve got a chance to start out all over again. A new place, new people, new sights. A clean slate. See, you can be anything you want with a fresh start.” Where did protagonist Quoyle follow his dreams in 1993 Pulitzer prize-winner The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (pictured)?


Baja California


The Florida Keys

Novels Norwegian Wood, A Wild Sheep Chase and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – all by the same author – unfold in which country?




South Africa

Best-selling fiction book in the US in 1931 and 1932 was The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck (pictured). Where is it set?





11 and above.

Well done: here’s to when we can do more than travel from our armchairs

6 and above.

Not bad: you know your Stoker from your Salinger

0 and above.

Good intentions about spending lockdown reading get waylaid, did they?

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