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Foyles Competition Winners and Answers

All winners of online competitions run by Foyles are listed below in chronological order of the closing date, from most recent to oldest.


Win a family ticket to the Christmas run of Stick Man

Q: Which animal tries to play fetch with Stick Man? A: A dog

Winners: S Sharma, Twickenham; J Savage, Warrington; W Guy, Canterbury

Win a copy of cookbook In a Glass and four engraved glasses from Frosted Lime

Q: Which metallic element is traditionally added to glass to give it a blue colour? A: Cobalt

Winner: L Huffam, Watford

Win a family ticket to Goodnight Mister Tom at the Phoenix Theatre

In Goodnight Mister Tom, what is the name of the village to which Willie Beech is evacuated at the outset of World War II? A: Little Weirwold

Winner: L Maps, Slough

Win signed copies of Sanna Annuka's illustrated retelling of classic tale The Fir Tree

A: Which capital city gives a fir tree to the City of London each Christmas as a token of gratitude for British support during World War II? Q: Oslo

Winners: C Colley, Lincoln; H Prior, Romford; J Ormsby, Southend-on-Sea; M Anft, Dartford; P Oderberg, Reading

Win a family pass to the South Ken Kids Festival

Q: Which book by a 18th century French writer did Quentin Blake illustrate in 2011? A: Candide

Winner: W Cunningham, Canterbury

Win ten books of your choice from The Book Lovers' Companion

Q: One of the books recommended in The Book Lovers' Companion is the first volume in Maya Angelou's autiobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Which of these is not also part of her autobiographical series? A: Half of a Yellow Sun

Winner: S Davies, Manchester

Win one of 10 pairs of tickets to the William Klein + Daido Moriyama exhibition at Tate Modern

Q: Which famous sporting figure was the subject of a documentary by William Klein in 1969? A: Muhammad Ali

Winners: C Cronin, Llandudno; B Tyrrell, London; G Lopez, London; R Nathan, Chelmsford; P Szalkopf, Southend-on-Sea; Y Pearson, Enfield; E Wolski, Redhill; A Davis, Leeds; K Dewdney, London; A Faikosch, Reading

Win a complete set of The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year shortlist

Q: Which previous winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year also won the Pulitzer Prize for History? A: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahmed

Winner: B Audsley, London

Win exclusive Snow White and the Huntsman goodies and more

Q: What is the name of the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman? A: Ravenna

Winner: H Mohammed, Leeds

Win top-price tickets to A Chorus of Disapproval starring Rob Brydon at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Q: Which opera is being performed by the amateur society in A Chorus of Disapproval? A: The Beggar's Opera

Winners: L Hardy, Peterborough; K Pates, Bromley; L Day, Watford

Win a copy of You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney

Q: What is the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy? A: The tendency to ignore random chance when the results seem meaningful
Winners: M Findley, Rhayader; S Harrison, Rochdale; C Andrews, Penarth; L Guazzelli, Edinburgh; J Atkin, Doncaster

Roelof Bakker's Still exhibition: A short story competition

The winning entry, by A J Ashworth, can be read here.

Win a copy of The Italian Sausage Bible and a hamper of Italian gourmet treats

Q: With which herb is the traditional Tuscan salsiccia finocchiona flavoured? A: Fennel
Winner: D Yaeger, Birmingham

Win a champagne lunch for four at Rochelle Canteen

Q: What was the building that houses Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold's Rochelle Canteen was formerly used as? A: School bikesheds
Winner: L Young, Greenford

Win tickets to Hedda Gabler starring Sheridan Smith at The Old Vic

Q: Which other play by Henrik Ibsen did Anna Mackmin direct at the Gate Theatre in 2007? A: Ghosts
Winner: G. Harrison, Hampshire; K Pope, Sussex; A Anderson, London

Win a copy of This Is Improbable, Marc Abrahams' exploration of the odder frontiers of scientific research

Q: Which of these is not a genuine scientific paper honoured by the Ig Nobel Awards? A: Abandoned Shopping Trolley Locations and Their Correlation to Public Transport Provision
Winners: T Richards, Birmingham; B Jaundrell, Warrington; K Koya, Slough; H Kennedy, Milton keynes; J Baker, Guildford

Win a meal for two worth £150 at Yotam Ottolenghi's new restaurant, Nopi

Q: When Yotam Ottolenghi came to London in 1997, what was his first job in a restaurant? A: Pastry Chef
Winner: H Ahmad, Essex

Win a limited edition, signed copy of Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds

Q: Which poet wrote in the Preface to his poetry: "My subject is War, and the pity of War"? A: Wilfred Owen
Winner: K Thomas, Bolton

Win tickets to the British Museum's Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition and other goodies

Q: During the performance of which play in 1613 did a cannon shot, used as a special effect, ignite the thatched roof of the original Globe Theatre causing it to be burned to the ground? A: Henry VIII
Winners: M Naughton, London; J Dewberry, Kent; A Zippo, Bromley

Win tickets to see Will Gompertz's 'Modern Art in 3,600 Seconds' at the ICA

Q: Will Gompertz was a director of which great London arts institution for seven years? A: Tate
Winner: J Attlee, Oxford

Win a set of 20 new Vintage Children's Classics

Q: Which of the books in the Vintage Children's Classics had the working title 'Mistress Mary'? A: 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Winner: A Carline, Shrewsbury

Win a family ticket to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Q: Which of these books was not written by Judith Kerr? A: Meg and Mog
Winner: S Watts Twickneham

Win a pair of Boff Whalley's favourite Walsh running shoes

Q: What instrument does Boff Whalley play in Chumbawumba? A: Lead guitar
Winners: M Cunningham, Lincoln; E Clarke, Coventry; S Shaw, Billericay; L Davies, Stevenage; M Howarth, Lancashire

Win tickets to Sports Play by Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek

Q: In which year was Elfriede Jelinek awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature? A: 2004
Winner: P McVeigh, Brighton

Win top-price tickets to Michael Frayn's Democracy at The Old Vic

Q: Which of these four works by Michael Frayn is a novel rather than a play? A: Headlong
Winner: E Craven, London; J Spicer, Kingston upon Thames; T Loader, Uckfield

Win a pair of tickets to Toni Morrison's Desdemona at the Barbican

Q: For which book did receive Toni Morrison receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction? A: Beloved
Winner: A Toulmin, London

Win a signed first editon of The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber

Q: Which of these plays is not attributed to Christopher Marlowe? A: The Duchess of Malfi
Winner: C Hooper, Exeter

Win an original Private Eye cartoon by Barry Fantoni

Q: In which city is Harry Lipkin, PI, based? A: Miami
Winner: B Jaundrell, Warrington

Win a year's supply of teapigs organic matcha green tea

Q: From what material is a chashaku, the tea scoop used in a Japanese tea ceremony, traditionally made? A: Bamboo
Winner: C Martin, Surrey

Win tickets to The Sunshine Boys at the Savoy Theatre

Q: Who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1975 film version of The Sunshine Boys? A: George Burns
Winner: D Burns, London

Win tickets to A Doll's House at the Young Vic

Q: Which of these is NOT also a play written by Henrik Ibsen? A: Miss Julie
Winners: F Merella, London; M Shaughnessy, London

Win The Night Circus party packs including paperback copies

Q: By which French name is the Night Circus in Erin Morgenstern's novel also known? A: Cirque du Reves
Winners: N. Woodings, Surrey; L Brook, Devon; L Deadman-Beal, Kent

Win one of 20 Marco Polo travel guides

Q: In which country is Marco Polo Bridge located? A: China
Winners: M Barker, Norfolk; J Bennett, Sheffield; V Carter, Lincolnshire; C Churchill, Surrey; P Gregory, Manchester; W Jones, West Midlands; E Jones, Bury; J Lui, Fife; A Maclean, Inverclyde; S Marshall, Milton Keynes; J Mattinson, Cheshire; G Nutter, Cornwall; R Roversi, Renfrewshire; Y Thirkell, Newcastle; J Tingay, Sheffield; S Wesley, Dorset; J Williams, Nottingham; J Eastwood, Lancashire; M Bull, Bridport; M Stoneman, Hants

Win tickets to Jubilation: The Music of George Benjamin at the Southbank Centre

Q: Under which famous composer did George Benjamin study at the Paris Conservatoire? A: Oliver Messaien
Winners: B. Tyrrell, London; S Brookes, Letchworth Garden City

Win Marvel Avengers books

Q: In which year was the very first issue of Avengers published by Marvel? A: 1963
Winner: T Hurdman

Win signed first editions of Elif Shafak's new novel Honour

Q: With which cultural award was Elif Shafak honoured in 2010? A: France's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres
Winners: E Stafford, Bath; C Butler, Carmarthen; P Garratt, Oxford

Win tickets to Shakespeare's Globe

Q: Which of Shakespeare's plays is being performed in Gujarati at Globe to Globe? A: All's Well That Ends Well
Winner: F McCormack, Chigwell

Win £500-worth of Cass Art vouchers, courtesy of Charles Saatchi

Q: In which year did Charles Saatchi establish the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency? A: 1970
Winner: D Parrinder, Louth

Win one of three signed copies of Tine Thing Helseth's CD, Storyteller

Q: Which of these is not a type of trumpet? A: Flute
Winners: R Newport, Bristol; J Holyland, Swansea; E Greville, London

Win The Hunger Games film goodies

Q: Who is the male representative for District 12, alongside Katniss, in The Hunger Games? A: Peeta Mellark
Winners: B Audsley, London; S Murray, Dumfries; M Jones, Reading

Win first editions of Anthony McCarten's Brilliance

Q: What was the filament in Edison's first patented light bulb design made of? A: Carbon
Winners: J Jones, Derby; G Robinson, Exeter

Win tickets to the new musical version of A Tale of Two Cities

Q: Which character in 'A Tale of Two Cities' utters the famous line: "It is a far, far better thing I do, than I have ever done"? A: Sydney Carton
Winner: F Timms, London

Win tickets to The King's Speech at Wyndham's Theatre

Q: In the recent BBC production, Holy Flying Circus, which member of Monty Python did the star of The King's Speech, Charles Edwards, play? A: Michael Palin
Winner: A Scherff, London

Win a Notting Hill Editions essay collection giftbox

Q: Which Japanese film director is the subject of Adam Mars-Jones' essay collection 'Noriko Smiling'? A: Yasujiro Ozu
Winners: L Thorn, Leicester; K Tong, Doncaster

Win an exclusive edition of Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son

Q: Which North Korean location is the country's only entry on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites? A: The Goguryeo Tombs
Winners: R. Musial, Luton; J Twemlow, Leeds; N Cole, London

Win a pair of top-price tickets to the new stage version of The Master and Margarita

Q: Simon McBurney directed a Complicite stage adaptation of which book by Haruki Murakami in 2003? A: The Elephant Vanishes
Winner: M Vasilache, London

Win a complete set of Charles Dickens published by Vintage Classics

Q: Charles Dickens once said: "Of all my books, I like this the best. It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy, and that no one can ever love that family as dearly as I love them. But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is..." A: David Copperfield
Winner: F Eyles, Manchester

Win a signed first edition of Orange Prize winner Kate Grenville's new novel, Sarah Thornhill

Q: Which of these novels was not on the Orange Prize shortlist in the year of Kate Grenville's win? A: The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
Winner: A Keates, Bristol

Win The Woman in Black film goodies

Q: What is the name of the house haunted by the Woman in Black? A: Eel Marsh House
Winner: E Osbourne, Linlithgow

Win signed copies of Undead by Kirsty McKay

Q: Which of these is a zombie novel? A: Dearly Departed
Winners: A Miles, Bristol; A Campbell, London; N Dale, Walsall; G Saies, Cardiff

Win 30th anniversary editions of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole books

Q: What is the name of Adrian Mole's still unpublished novel? A: Lo! The Flat Hills of My Homeland
Winner: L Lott, Nottingham

Win new fantasy from Jo Fletcher Books

Q: What is the name of Will Elliott's first novel? A: The Pilo Family Circus
Winner: S Gough, Liverpool

Win signed books by Cassandra Clare and an exclusive tote bag

Q: What is the name of Magnus Bane's cat? A: Chairman Meow
Winner: M Baldwin, Brighton

Win tickets to Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum

Q: What is the name of Grayson Perry's teddy bear? A: Alan Measles
Winner: D K Nouvel, London

Win a signed copy of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Q: Who played the role of Galbatorix in the film adaptation of Eragon? A: John Malkovich
Winner: L Imkelova, Russia

Win a signed first edition of Anthony Horowitz's Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk

Q: In Conan Doyle's stories, when Sherlock Holmes retires to farm on the South Downs, what does he take up as his principal hobby? A: Beekeeping
Winner: H Ahmad, Chelmsford

Win one of 20 framed Oliver Jeffers prints (draw)

Winners: E Rose, Ipswich; A Davis, Cardiff; L Yeo, London; N Hollingworth, Hull; S Carter, Brighton; G Earls, Plymouth; K Taylor, Reading; R Bateman, Manchester; M Griffin, Brighton; I Noemi, Mexico; P Probo, Canada; K Howe, London; A Doyle, London; J Roxburgh, Portsmouth; D Whitelaw, Aberdeen; R Clark, Canterbury; J Douglas, Leeds; N Gandy, Stockport

Win a pair of tickets to A Walk On Part at Soho Theatre

Q: From 1987 to 2010, Chris Mullin was the MP for which constituency? A: Sunderland South
Winner: G Kynaston, Hemel Hempsted

Win signed Becca Fitzpatrick goodies

Q: Becca Fitzpatrick has written international bestselling series featuring supernatural creatures, but what beings is the character Nora descended from? A: Nephilim
Winner: C Shaw, Huddersfield

Win tickets to the South Ken Kids Festival

Q: What is the name of Gruffulo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's accident-prone young dragon? A: Zog
First prize: P Bahounk, London
Second prize: A Sousa, London
Third prize: K Scott, Bromley

Win tickets to the UK premiere of My Week with Marilyn

Q: Who plays the role of Colin Clark in My Week with Marilyn? A: Edddie Redmayne
Winner: S Carson, London

Win a signed first edition of Jarvis Cocker's Mother, Brother, Lover

Q: In 2002 Jarvis teamed up with Jason Buckle of The All Seeing I for one album. What was the name of their band? A: Relaxed Muscle
Winner: J Howard-Simpson, Southend-on-Sea

Win the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year shortlist

Q: Which book won the 2010 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year? A: Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan
Winner: S Pears, London

Haruki Murakami short story writing competition

Read Kavita Jindal's winning entry

Win tickets to gala premiere of We Need to Talk about Kevin

Q: Lynne Ramsay also directed the film adaptation of which novel? A: Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
Winner: D Brown, Tonbridge

Win a copy of the book that inspired the film Oranges and Sunshine

Q: Roughly how many children were forcibly removed from children's homes and resettled in Commonwealth countries? A: 130,000
Winners: Y Lee, Crewe; C Owen, Plymouth; J Glew, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; A Corona , Rochester; C Walmsley, London; J Bull, Brighton; E Goulin, Bristol; C Higginson, Warrington; A Beaumont, Sheffield; M Botterill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Win tickets to see Alan Hollinghurst and Andrew Motion

Q: Which novel by Alan Hollinghurst won the 2004 Man Booker Prize? A: The Line of Beauty
First prize: T Ward, London
Second prize: B Wickes, Colchester
Third prize: K Clothier, Harrow

Win tickets to Alex James Presents Harvest

Q: Alex James was formerly the bassist for which chart-topping Britpop band? A: Blur
Winner: C Bartlett, Oxford

Win a set of 21 Vintage books

The phrase revealed by identifying the initial letters of the 21 Vintage titles was LOVE TO READ LOVE VINTAGE
Winner: C Johnson, Lancaster

Win tickets to the Ken Loach season at the BFI

Q: What was the name of Ken Loach's 1966 documentary drama tackling issues of homelessness and unemployment? A: Cathy Come Home
Winners: D Tysall, London; L Ponzetta, London

Win a meal for two at Barrafina

Q: What does the Spanish word 'tapas' mean? A: An appetiser
Winner: J Fitzgerald, Stevenage

Win a limited edition hardback proof of Sebastian Barry's On Canaan's Side

Q: Sebastian Barry's previous novel The Secret Scripture won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year Award and which other major literary prize? A: The James Tait Black Memorial Prize
Winners: G Hughes, Warrington; V Hartley, Wakefield; J Driver, London; N Lucas, London; K Webber, Portsmouth

Poem Puzzles Revealed

Thank you to everyone who undoubtedly spent many a sleepless night cracking our verse codes. Below we've listed the titles and authors of the poems next to their images, along with the winner of each poem. Winners were chosen at random from those of you who answered correctly. We hope you all enjoyed the challenge - there will be more to come!

Poem 1 small image1) This be the Verse

by Philip Larkin.

Winner: Michael Fredman





Poem 2 small image2) Words Wide Night

by Carol Ann Duffy.

Winner: Pippa Hennessy




Poem 3 small image3) When a Poet Loves a Composer

by Sophie Hannah.

Winner: Anthony Wood





Poem 4 small image4) Pomander

by Edwin Morgan.

Winner: Anthony Phillips




Poem 5 small image5) The Tree

by Daljit Nagra.

Winner: Daisy Hirst

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