How did you do? Here are the answers to the fiendish quiz
John Banville: 1 Rainer Maria Rilke, in the opening lines of the Duino Elegies.
Helen Dunmore: 1 "They" by Rudyard Kipling. 2 Kathleen Drover, in Elizabeth Bowen's story "The Demon Lover". 3 The mezzotint tells the story of the abduction of the infant heir from Anningley Hall, in MR James's "The Mezzotint".
David Hare: 1 Ava Gardner. 2 Charlton Heston. 3 Robert Morley.
John Lanchester: 1 b. 2 True: it was taken from the name of a mysterious "all-permeating fluid" called Vril in his novel The Coming Race. 3 c; Paul Clifford, and yes.
Hilary Mantel: 1Edith Sitwell. 2 Milton. 3 George Eliot.
Terry Pratchett: 1 A small gift from a retailer to a customer – such as a baker's dozen. 2 Joseph Alfred "Jack" Slade. 3 The paige compositor, a forerunner of the linotype machine – Twain lost the equivalent of £8m.
Claire Tomalin: 1 In 1857, after a performance of The Frozen Deep. She sent for him, he said he would not come since he was in costume; she sent again, and he refused again. 2 Near Boulogne in 1854, when France and England were allied during the Crimean war. 3 Henry VIII; Dickens wrote the line in a letter to his assistant, Wills, when he in the middle of his Child's History of England.
Sarah Waters: 1 Dorothy Parker. 2 Elizabeth Bishop. 3 Gertrude Stein.
Irvine Welsh: 1 Turkish. 2 Alison Houston. 3 Necrophilia.
The year in question:
1 d; he wrote a prequel.
4 a; The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, with Naomi Alderman.
6 d; it's from The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling (Little, Brown).
11 b; (Megan Fox, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie have the others).
12 d, from his Selected Poems (Flambard Press).
13 a; in Scenes from Early Life (Fourth Estate).
14 b,Will Self and Jeet Thayil.