Hidden Books Game 2019 - Answers


Last year thousands of bookworms took a stroll down Saline Way and had a browse in Nell's Novelties before a quick bite to eat at Judith's, then continued their adventure in Sempere & Sons as they searched for the 20 book titles in our annual Hidden Books Game.

And the answers are... *drum roll*

1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
2. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
3. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
4. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
5. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
6. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
7. Milkman by Anna Burns
8. Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Das Parfum) by Patrick Süskind
10. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
11. Becoming by Michelle Obama
12. The Shadow of the Wind (or The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
13. Normal People by Sally Rooney
14. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
15. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
16. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
17. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
18. Middle England by Jonathan Coe
19. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
20. Swing Time by Zadie Smith


10 booklovers who guessed all 20 clues correctly have won a year's supply of books –  a massive £250/€250 National Book Tokens gift card:

Louise S.
Ali P.
Catriona K.
Gail B.
Alana V.
Shirley E.
Chris O.
Alice R.
Anthea M.
Hilary B.

50 players have also won a £10/€10 National Book Token each.



Create a Clue Competition

Congratulations to Paula C. from Hampshire who won our Create a Clue competition. Her clue for The Salt Path was designed and featured in this year's game. She won a £100 National Book Token!

Bonus Clue Competitions

And, finally, the Books Are My Bag tote was our bonus clue, which lead you over to Caboodle to solve a riddle and enter to win a set of must-read books and a tote bag.

I've a forest within but no trees to be spied;
Travellers are welcome, no passports required.
I can offer the past or the future, you choose -
Find your teacher or mentor, your prophet or muse.
I have many volumes yet often I'm hushed,
My stillness a refuge - in me you can trust.
In me you'll meet heroes, adventurers, spies,
Lovers and lawyers and gods - what am I?

The answer is... a bookshop!

(We also accepted 'library')

Congratulations to our winners Annabel J., Emily W., Sheelagh T., Susan L. and Toni E.

Hidden Books Game

Hidden Books Game

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Hidden Books Game
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