Prize picture quiz: January 2021

OUR picture quiz has been running for more than a year now, but to celebrate the New Year and support our local independent bookshops, we have £25 worth of book tokens to give away to one lucky winner who can solve our bumper January challenge.

Aptly enough there’s a literary theme with TEN questions about authors who either have local connections or who have featured in articles over the three years since The Beyonder was launched. All the answers can be found somewhere on the website.

Answers to by the end of the month. The answers and winner will be revealed on February 1. See below for rules.

PICTURE 1: Which 18th-century poet completed his famous ‘Elegy’ in a country churchyard at Stoke Poges?
PICTURE 2: Which poet immortalised the phrase “the darling buds of May”?
PICTURE 3: Gail Simmons’ 2019 book The Country of Larks takes its name from a phrase coined by which 19th-century novelist to describe the Chilterns?
PICTURE 4: Which young Yorkshire poet wrote: “There is a silent eloquence/In every wild bluebell”?
PICTURE 5: Which famous fictional bear lives in The Hundred Acre Wood?
PICTURE 6: Which local children’s author worked in this garden writing hut?
PICTURE 7: Which children’s author lived in a house called Green Hedges which has been recreated in miniature at the Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield?
PICTURE 8: Which children’s author created tales of a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts and talking animals to tell to children evacuated from London to his Oxfordshire home?
PICTURE 9: Which famous English writer is said to have bought oysters for his cat, Hodge?
PICTURE 10: This Fleet Street pub has numerous literary connections and even a children’s book named after it. But that book by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wrighte was a playful homage to which famous Victorian novelist who may have been a regular patron?


1 The competition is open to all visitors to The Beyonder website. 2 Entry to the competition is only via the contact page on our website or by email to 3 By submitting an entry, entrants give The Beyonder the right to publish their name in the event of them winning the competition. 4 All entrants must supply their names and a valid e-mail address. The Beyonder will only ever use e-mail details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. 5 Only one entry should be submitted by any individual entrant and anyone submitting multiple entries may be disqualified. 6 One winning entry will be selected at random from all entries after the competition closes at midnight on January 31. 7 The winner, once notified, will be entitled to nominate a bookshop where £25 worth of book tokens can be redeemed. 8 The Beyonder’s decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into. 9 The Beyonder reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control. 10 In the event of there being no outright winner, the best incomplete entry may be selected at the editor’s discretion to win the prize.

PICTURE CREDIT: The header image for this page was taken by Fidel Fernando (Unsplash)