Review published on December 21, 2017.
Mark Mason is better known for his travel books, but he is also a huge fan of quizzes. He did not take a lot of persuading to combine both interests and travel back and forwards across the UK to find the best quizzes in the country. It was also a quest to see if he could find that most perfect thing, the essential elements of the perfect quiz question.
Which comic strip took its title from the names of a French theologian and an English political philosopher?
People have been known to actually earn a living from quizzing, either by participating in the plethora of TV shows or by travelling from pub to pub answering the questions on the quiz machines. He meets quizzers old and new, those that frequent the TV circuits and those are happy sitting in a pub calling out the questions. He joins journalists fighting for prestige and credibility by winning the annual parliamentary quiz, travels to the Beaulieu in the New Forest to see the Quizfest UK and attends a corporate quiz in the heart of England.
Who is the only person ever to receive an Oscar Nomination for acting in a Star Wars film?
I do love a good quiz, ideally, one that has a balance of straightforward questions and some that really make you think, but I don’t want to sit down to one of those where you struggle to comprehend what the question actually is, let alone what it is asking. Mason is obviously a big quiz addict, something that is very obvious when you read this. Being a talented writer he has woven together the art of quizzing with a social and contemporary history of the parts of the country he visits. It was quite a lot of fun, my head is now even more crammed with random facts than normal and it was a pleasure to read. And if you want to know what the answers to the two questions posed are then you’ll need to read the book!
Paul Cheney 4/3
Question Time: A Journey Round Britain’s Quizzes by Mark Mason
W&N 9781474604598 hbk Oct 2017
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