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Author - John Grisham
The Pelican Brief opens with the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices.

Author - John Grisham

John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1955. He studied at Mississippi State University and in 1981 gained a degree in law. He practiced as a lawyer and also became a politician, being elected as a Representative for Mississippi, a role which he stayed in for seven years. As well as being a politician and a lawyer, Grisham was also writing in his spare time.

Grisham gave up his other occupations when his books began to be published. His most famous works are thrillers set in the world of law, but he has also written some non-fiction. He has now written over thirty novels, nine of which have topped the bestsellers list and fourteen have, or are about to be, made into films.

Are you a John Grisham fan? Test your knowledge on the life and works of this American thriller writer by playing this quiz.

1.
What is the title of Grisham's first novel, published in 1989?
A Time to Die
A Time to Kill
A Time to Run
A Time to Worry
A Time to Kill was rejected by many publishers before 5,000 copies were finally printed. When Grisham's later works became bestsellers A Time to Kill was published again and it too became a bestseller
2.
As a child, Grisham was greatly influenced by the work of which writer?
William Faulkner
Ernest Hemingway
John Steinbeck
Mark Twain
He admired Steinbeck's clarity
3.
Who starred as Mich McDeere in the 1993 film verdion of Grisham's novel The Firm?
Tom Cruise
Johnny Depp
Tommy Lee Jones
Brad Pitt
The Firm is Grisham's second novel and was written in 1991. It was his first success and has sold over 1.5 million copies
4.
Who is being sued in Grisham's 2003 novel The Runaway Jury?
An airline
A drug company
A nuclear power plant
A tobacco company
The Runaway Jury was first published in 1996. It was reissued in 2003 to coincide with the release of the film version starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz
5.
What sport is the subject of the 2004 film Mickey, for which Grisham wrote the screenplay?
Baseball
Basketball
Golf
Tennis
It's about a Little League team
6.
What is Grisham's middle name?
Ray
Reece
Roy
Royce
His full name is John Ray Grisham, Junior
7.
What is the title of Grisham's 1992 novel that opens with the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices?
The Parrot Brief
The Pelican Brief
The Penguin Brief
The Puffin Brief
The Pelican Brief was also made into a film, this one starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Waskington
8.
In which US state was Grisham born?
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
He was born in Jonesboro in 1955
9.
In 1983 Grisham was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives, representing which state?
Maine
Massachusetts
Mississippi
Missouri
He remained in the post until 1990 when his writing career was taking off
10.
Which 1993 Grisham novel features a young boy who witnesses a suicide?
The Brethren
The Chamber
The Client
The Summons
The Client was another of Grisham's books to be made into a film. This one starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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