20 clues, 20 book titles. Can you solve them all? Just click on each clue and enter your answer in the box.
Notes for playing:
Need a closer look? Click the magnifying glass to enlarge the clue, or use pinch and zoom on mobile.
Clues either relate to the title of the book or feature something that only exists in the world of the book they’re referring to. Have a think about what you can see.
Answers aren’t case sensitive.
Can’t find the last clues? Click around (perhaps within another clue!) – plus a glow will appear around unsolved clues when you hover over them on desktop!
We’ll tell you if your guess is nearly correct, but check your spelling and punctuation – we’re looking for the exact title of the book, including any ‘the’, ‘an’, and so on.
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Hidden Books Game is created by the team at National Book Tokens. National Book Tokens have been inspiring booklovers since 1932. Accepted in hundreds of bookshops and online, National Book Tokens gift cards are the perfect gift for any occasion.
This year’s Hidden Books Game is illustrated by Harry Woodgate, who loves to draw quirky characters, bustling scenes, and all things in between. Harry enjoys reading anything to do with magical realism, family relationships, and environmental activism.
What kind of Hidden Books Game player are you? Take our quiz to find out!
Congratulations – you’ve found our bonus clue! Solve the riddle below and we’ll pick one bookworm to win a bundle of books and a Books Are My Bag tote every week until Christmas.
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?
Can you spot the book titles? Just click on each clue and enter your answer in the box.
Save your progress as you go.
(Are you finding the clues too tricky? Just click ‘show answer’ and all will be revealed!)
Win £500 worth of books!
This competition has now closed. See the winners and answers here.
Complete the game for a chance to win a £500/€500 National Book Token – perfect for heading to your nearest bookshop and choosing just the right books for you.
Has the game left you completely bamboozled? You could still be a runner-up! 10 players will get a £150/€150 National Book Token. Simply save your progress to enter.