Hidden Books Game 2022 - Answers & Winners



In 2022, our much-loved (and much-sworn at) quiz – illustrated by the inimitable Harry Woodgate – tested your literary knowledge. For the game's 10th birthday, we welcomed you into our virtual bookshop to guess the book titles from the 20 clues.

And now we're delighted to reveal the answers alongside our friends at Bookshop.org.

1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
3. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (we know he's taller...)
4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
5. Heartstopper (or Heartstopper series) by Alice Oseman
6. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
7. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (not Gone with the Wind... but that's an excellent guess!)
9. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
10. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
11. The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
12. The Appeal by Janice Hallett
13. Rivers of London (or Rivers of London series) by Ben Aaronovitch
14. Persuasion by Jane Austen
15. Another Country by James Baldwin
16. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
17. Dune by Frank Herbert
18. Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
19. The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
20. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss


Congratulations to Jennie Lord who guessed all 20 clues correctly and won £500/€500 of National Book Tokens to spend in her favourite bookshops!

10 players also won a £150/€150 National Book Token each:

  • Jeanette Campbell
  • Daniel Hester-Smith
  • Sarah Gregory-Campbell
  • Jennifer Cutress
  • Emily Forsyth
  • Holly Singleton
  • Nell Turner
  • Pauline Hunt
  • India Barrett
  • Robert Richmond

Thank you to everyone who played!

All the books featured in the game are available to buy from a bookshop near you, plus read about each book over on Bookshop.org.

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