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Short first and last lines quiz

I posted this little quiz on a mailing list this morning to brighten a miserable day. The booklovers there got all but one in no time so I’ll now open it to all comers. Mostly from children’s or Girlsown-type books. Give the title and author.
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1. ‘Oh, dulling,’ said my mother, sadly. ‘One always thinks that. Every, every time.’
The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford
2. Gay Street, so J always thought, did not live up to its name.
Jane of Lantern Hill, L M Montgomery
3. Once on a dark winter’s day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted…an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father…
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
4. ‘but, you know, he put his arms round her and he hugged her good-bye as if she were a little girl.’
5. It all began on my twelfth birthday. Mummy was pouring coffee, Daddy was buried in the Financial Times, and I was thinking how awkward it is when grown-up people will persist in giving you the sort of presents they’d have liked when they were your age…
Masquerade at the Wells, Lorna Hill
6. ‘It’s not what I call homely,’ said the old Cook, standing in the doorway of the spare bedroom at B and looking at an enormous skull and crossbones…’
The Picts and the Martyrs, Arthur Ransome
7. The parcel came while the family were having breakfast.
Party Frock, Noel Streatfeild
8. When S was eight, and had at last learned to read, she hunted slowly through the colour chart pinned to the kitchen wall.
Saffy's Angel, Hilary McKay
9. ‘Nothing ever happens to me,’ said RA, putting down the book that she had just finished and sighing gustily.
10. ‘Dance to us, Damson.’ The whisper came from every corner of the dormitory.
Damaris Dances, Elsie J Oxenham

ETA Girlsowners 10/10, LJ Users 78/10. Any more?


Ohh, lovely! I miss the quiz from being on GO.

1. Nancy Mitford, but I can't think which. The Pursuit of Love?
3. A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
7. Party Frock - Noel Streatfeild
8. Saffy's Angel - Hilary McKay
10. Damaris Dances - Elsie J Oxenham

and 5 is REALLY familiar!
Full marks! Yes, The Pursuit of Love.
3 - A Little Princess.
3 is A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
6 is The Picts and the Martyrs, Arthur Ransome

1 sounds very familiar - is it Nancy Mitford? The Pursuit of Love?
Both right and yes, The Pursuit of Love.
2 - LM Montgomery, Jane of Lantern Hill?
Yes indeed!
2. Jane of Lantern Hill, L. M. Montgomery
5. No Castanets at the Wells, Lorna Hill
2. yes!
5. right series, wrong title

Edited at 2009-11-21 05:02 pm (UTC)
I know this one, it's Masquerade at the Wells.
It is!
Brilliant quiz! I am feeling very thick though: no. 5 is driving me crazy - I know I've read it but can't think which Lorna Hill it is!!
Never mind, coughingbear has got it!



I loved the Wells series. When I was ill two years ago and quite incapable of reading anything which would 'stretch' the little grey cells, I read my way through almost the whole series, or at least up until Jane Leaves the Wells - I wasn't as keen on the later book but the early ones are still most enjoyable.
Margaret P

Re: titles

I've read a lot of Lorna Hill's books but the Wells series are the only ones I've kept.