At points — enjoyable points — the book could easily serve as a quizzers’ manual. (One of the two authors, the novelist Boris Starling, reached the semi-finals of Mastermind in 1996.) Who was the first pedestrian to be killed by a car? Bridget Driscoll, in 1896, at an automobile demonstration at the Crystal Palace fair. Which is the second most common UK language after English? Polish. The authors even throw in a few quizmasters’ jokes: how do you approach a Welsh cheese? Caerphilly.