Fabulous First Lines; to get you going

I must confess, I am very fond of fabulous first lines. If they grab you by the ears and make your jaw drop with excitement and anticipation, it’s often a good sign that the subsequent belles-lettres are going to entertain with fervour. When I receive a new manuscript to evaluate, one of my favourite rituals is to arm myself with a large cup of tea, then dive into the text like I’m sliding down into fresh bed sheets; the question…

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