First Lines - Yours!

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Monday, February 20, 2012
We've received a few favourite first lines from readers:

'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.' from George Orwell's 1984.
I haven't read this novel but the first line definitely wakes up the reader.

Another old classic came forth:

'Happy Families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way' from Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. A thought that cannot be denied.

But we also had first lines submitted from contemporary fiction:

'I'm unsure why one trifling incident this afternoon has moved me to write to you.' comes from We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Knowing the content of this plot, the first line prompts the reader to know more about the 'trifling incident' in Kevin's upbringing.

But we'd love to hear of other favourite first lines. Keep them coming.

 


 


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