This quiz book concentrates on the lesser known and reported news items from the 1980’s decade. They are drawn from around the world although there is a slight bias from the United Kingdom as that is where the author lives. You will not find the headline news here so local knowledge, or lack of it, is not really a problem in answering the question. A bit of common sense or humour usually is. Each question is based on a true story from the 80’s decade. Wherever possible the evidence is presented with the answer. You will find over 340 questions in 20 different categories such as Arts, Business, Employment, Food and Drink, Politics, Sports and many more. Each section has a multi-answer format and all answers are printed at the end of the book. This is ideal for a quiz master looking for original questions as it is unlikely that the answers will be well known; but with a choice of three answers the chances are that teams may find something to smile about even if they get the question wrong. It is equally absorbing for anyone with a taste for the ‘You wouldn’t believe it’ type of story that finds its way into pages of popular magazines.
John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. The Education Act of 1944 saw great changes in the way the nation was taught; the main one being that all children stayed at school until the age of 15 (later increased to 16). For the first time working class children were able to reach higher levels of academic study and the opportunity to gain further educational qualifications at University.
This explosion in education brought forth a new aspirational middle class; others remained true to their working class roots. The author belongs somewhere between the two. Many of the author’s main characters have their genesis in this educational revolution. Their dialogue though idiosyncratic can normally be understood but like all working class speech it is liberally sprinkled with strange boyhood phrases and a passing nod to cockney rhyming slang.
John Barber’s novels are set in fictional English towns where sexual intrigue and political in-fighting is rife beneath a pleasant, small town veneer of respectability.
They fall within the cozy, traditional British detective sections of mystery fiction.
He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder which investigated a famous murder mystery of 1907 and names the killer. This is still available in softback and as an ebook, although not available from Smashwords
John Barber had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He is now retired and lives with his wife and two cats on an island in the middle of Hertford and spends his time between local community projects and writing further novels.read more