To play along with this evening's quiz, all you need to do is go to this Facebook page and follow the instructions. Good luck!


Are you 2020’s ultimate bookworm? As clued up on the bestseller lists as you are the literary classics? Do you want to prove your status as a literary mastermind to us, your friends and family, and win a bundle of the year’s best books in the process?

If so, join us LIVE at 7pm on 15th December to play along and test your wits against other literature lovers in the first-ever Penguin Big Book Quiz. Take part by yourself, or with your friends and family virtually and start your Christmas festivities early.

Our quizmaster is QI Elf, co-host of the hit podcast No Such Thing As a Fish and author of The Last Day Andrew Hunter Murray. He’ll be joined by some of our bestselling authors including Stephen Fry, Bernardine Evaristo and Caitlin Moran as they put you through your paces with questions, picture rounds and more.

Whoever is crowned The Big Book Quiz of the Year winner will receive a special package of brilliant books from the past 12 months.

To take part, all you need to do is sign up here for a free ticket, and follow the simple instructions we send over via email. Or get a copy of Andrew Hunter Murray’s thought-provoking thriller THE LAST DAY with your free ticket for just £12.99 (RRP) – a perfect Christmas present for yourself!

This event will be accessible on or on facebook. If you have registered, you will be sent a link to join by email 48 hours before the quiz, and also a reminder email shortly before the event. 

If you purchase a copy of THE LAST DAY with your ticket, this will reach you in the 10 days following the event (Christmas post permitting!).

  • The Last Day

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    'A brilliantly clever thriller from a brilliantly clever writer.' RICHARD OSMAN, author of The Thursday Murder Club
    'A beautifully realised and thought-provoking thriller.' THE TIMES
    'Reminiscent of Robert Harris's high-concept conspiracy thrillers' FINANCIAL TIMES

    2059. The world has stopped turning.

    One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun.

    Only in a slim twilit region between them can life survive.

    In an isolationist Britain, scientist Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man.

    It contains a powerful and dangerous secret.

    One that those in power will kill to conceal...
    THE LAST DAY: an utterly original debut thriller, perfect for readers who loved Robert Harris' Fatherland, Emily St. John Mandel's Station 11, and The Wall by John Lanchester.

    'Wonderful: boldly imagined and beautifully written - the best future-shock thriller for years.'

    'A tantalizing, suspenseful odyssey of frustration, deceit, treachery, torture, hope, despair and ingenious sleuthing... Murray has so thoroughly thought through the ramifications of his conceit and conjured up such a dramatic plot and stellar cast of characters that he might have set a new standard for such tales.'

    'A stunningly original thriller set in the world of tomorrow that will make you think about what's happening today.'

    'I read this hungrily ... Its intelligence and bravura characterisation will have you turning page after page. A fabulous achievement.'

    'A taut, thrilling runaround'

    'A brilliant debut ... Fans of Robert Harris will love it'

    'To say it's gripping is an understatement - I cancelled all my weekend plans to finish it'

    'In his fascinating debut, Murray has crafted something original ... an interesting new twist on a post-apocalyptic tale.'

    'Downright impossible to stop reading. The science is believable, the near-future world feels as real as our own, the characters are lively, and the plot is suspenseful. A near-perfect alternate-future thriller.'

    'Dark, believable and brilliantly written'

    'A thrilling page-turner, and a reminder to treasure our sunsets and sunrises while we still have them. I couldn't put this book down!'

    'Brilliant debut novel . . . The dystopian world is incredibly well realised, the characters are well drawn and the plot is nail-bitingly tense'

    'I loved the premise of this high-concept thriller ... a compelling read with some well-placed observations on the darkness of human nature and survival. The Last Day will keep you gripped to the very last page'
    C.J. TUDOR

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