Reanimated? Lawrence Durrell, Stieg Larsson, Mervyn Peak and Douglas Adams (See question two). Photograph: Getty/PA/Hulton/David Sillitoe
1.Celebrated literary recluse JD Salinger passed away in January 2010, at what age?
2.To which famous sequence of novels was it announced in February that a further book would be added, compiled by the author’s widow from notes left by her husband?
3.To which classical figure did poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy compare footballer David Beckham, in a poem written in March following the heel injury that took him out of the running (literally) for the World Cup?
4.Which author won the Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction an unprecedented third time in April?
5.As announced in May, which thriller writer has been commissioned by the Fleming Estate to write the next new Bond novel, following Sebastian Faulks’s Devil May Care?
6.Previously unknown work by each of these authors – bar one – appeared this year. Which is the fake?
7.Which high-profile crime author was aboard the Gaza flotilla stormed by Israeli troops in May?
8.What is the theme of controversial Australian novel The Slap, one of this year’s popular hits, by writer Christos Tsiolkas?
9.Which author was accused this summer of “waging war on Christianity” by a Jesuit priest?
10.Which author attacked the New York Times in August for favouring “white male literary darlings” in its books coverage, particularly in relation to Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom?
11.What was the title originally planned for Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey, published in September?
12.What new book did President Obama publish this year?
13.What personal accessory was purloined from literary star Jonathan Franzen at the London launch party for his novel Freedom in October?
14.In October, Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question won the Man Booker prize. How much money did he win?
15.Why did JK Rowling text Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe on the film release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this autumn?
16.After weeks of speculation about the contenders, who was it who eventually won this year’s Nobel prize for literature in October?
17.Which book, by academic Alexandra Harris, won the Guardian first book award in November?
18.Which book is 2010’s Christmas number one bestseller in the UK?