11 Best Opening Lines
The best opening lines in literature, ever
We take a look at the killer opening lines that got us hooked into our favourite books
The art of making an entrance isn’t an easy one. Many authors have failed at the first hurdle – the first page – which is what makes the books below that little bit special.
Truman Capote once said, ‘to me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.’ A truly great novel grabs you by the jugular with its first sentence, those words – its music – and never lets you go.
Which is why we’re here right now: to celebrate these words. The best opening lines in literature, ever…
Ready? Let’s go…
‘Rebecca’, Daphne du Maurier (above)
‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate.
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