They say the first line is one of the most important parts of a book*. Get it right and the readers’ eyes are all yours, get it wrong and they’ll start looking around, distracted by the feet of strangers or two birds fighting over a sandwich.
Over on our Instagram account (here, follow it here) we’ve been asking people for the first lines that have grabbed them. So, along with a few of our own personal favourites, and a pleasingly alliterative title, here are fourteen fantastic first lines.
She struggles to cry just to feel the heat on her cheeks,
She is desensitized, her heart rock hard.
Thoughts of resuscitation have long since died.
The moment her tears fall, she has conceded victory.
She is a failure as much as she’s a success story.
The flitter of light is slowly diminishing.
A i r
There is still hope left!
A thrash, a fling, a kick, a swing-
There is still hope,
God, let there still be hope,
Will you forgive me?
Will I forgive myself?
I regret it all,
Her feet are bound. She chose for them to be. The last of the bubbles from her lungs break the surface of the cesspool.
She faces the reality that
Only in death is she finally free.