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First sentences: thoughts, and a quiz!

IMG_7501-e1410187434894-730x410When I was in school, one of our teachers, Miss Flannery, had a class where we brought in the first sentence of our favourite book. Or a book we couldn’t forget. Or a book we had read. Some people don’t find there favourite book till later on. And it stuck with me, the importance of a first sentence. How it has to grab you, and let you know a little about how the story is going to be, without telling you too much.

The first sentences of my books are:

  1. Sometimes I think my father loves his moustache more than he loves me.
  2. When I grow up, I want to be a cruciverbalist.
  3. Breaking into a cemetery at midnight is not the finest way to turn sixteen.

The first sentence of the new one, Needlework, which is coming out in February is : First prepare the skin.

I think a lot about which ones to use, and when I’m choosing a book to read, I’ll often read a few first sentences in the bookshop before I make my decision.

So, I have made a quiz for you, based on these books here-
Photo on 22-09-2015 at 00.19

What goes with what? Can you match them up?

  1. Last thing at night, I lie in bed and gaze at a grey face with big, wide eyes and tiny pupils, a face with a black line for a mouth which stretches right to left like an equator, a face that has arms and legs.
  2. “Saint Anthony will find your brooch for you- he’s the patron saint of lost things.”
  3. Gram is worried about me.
  4. There are only forty-eight hours left before I go back to school, and I’m going to have to spend at least two of them with a baby who hates me.
  5. Here We Are.
  6. It’s a weirdly subtle conversation.
  7. It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
  8. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.
  9. I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

More importantly, which ones did you like, and why? I’ve read and loved all of these books, so let me know if you have too!

6 thoughts on “First sentences: thoughts, and a quiz!

  1. Hello! I love your first lines.
    I know that No.1 above is And Actually… by Denise Deegan. I love that series very much! I think I recognise quite a few of the others, too, but I’ll let someone else have a go. šŸ™‚

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