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Book quiz: can you identify these classic novels by their working titles?

If someone were to ask you whether or not you’d read Trimalchio in West Egg, your first instinct might be to say ‘no’, and your second might be to marvel at the curious range of titles given to cookery books nowadays. Sorry to say, you’re possibly wrong on both counts – you might well have read Trimalchio in West Egg without realizing it, since that was an early title for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Authors often change the titles of their novels before publication – either as their thoughts develop, or at the request of the publisher. To celebrate World Book Day, we’re going to test your knowledge of working titles. Can you identify which famous books were nearly called something completely different?

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