Vintage crowned winners of The PEN Quiz 2017

A team of authors and publishers captained by Vintage Publishing director Rachel Cugnoni has won the 15th English PEN Quiz, which took place last night at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

The winners narrowly beat the team of literary agents, named in honour of David Miller, into second place after a tense final round. The Economist team came third.

The victorious Vintage Classics team included authors Julian Barnes, Rachel Cooke, Sebastian Faulks and Mark Lawson.

Watch the dramatic announcement of the final scores

The PEN Quiz is English PEN’s major annual fundraising event. Twenty teams drawn from the world of media, publishing and law took part.

Damian Barr
Damian Barr

The evening was expertly hosted by an award-winning writer, journalist and host of his own infamous Literary Salon, Damian Barr. Cartoonist and author Martin Rowson acted as raffle master. The quiz questions were set by Simon O’Hagan, former Comment Editor and quiz-setter at the Independent, now of the Radio Times.

Media teams taking part included 21st Century Fox, the Economist, the Financial Times, Private Eye and VICE . Teams from the world of publishing included Hachette UK, Penguin Random House,Rogers, Coleridge and White and the PR agency Four Colman Getty.  Legal teams included 4 New Square, 11KBW, Matrix, Mishcon de Reya, and Laura Devine Solicitors.


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