Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite First Sentences!


It’s Top 5 Wednesday time again! I couldn’t limit myself to five, so my list actually has seven. I love picking out good first sentences – they’re such an important part of books!


T5W is a weekly book meme – find the Goodreads group here for more details.


The statistical probability that an illiterate in 1970s Soweto will grow up and one day find herself confined in a potato truck with the Swedish king and prime minister is 1 in 45,766,212,810.

According to the calculations of the aforementioned illiterate herself.

-Jonas Jonasson, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden


Some things start before other things.

– Terry Pratchett, The Wee Three Men.


It is many years before the Pied Piper comes back for the other children.

– Eliza Granville, Gretel and the Dark


At dusk they pour from the sky.

– Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See


All children, except one, grow up.

– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


A secret is a strange thing.

– Maggie Stiefvater, The Dreams Thieves


When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread, till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to mere chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.

– Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd


So what about you guys? What are your favourite opening lines? Please let me know!



10 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite First Sentences!

  1. projectedlibrarian says:

    “Then slowly the night would open and the miracle unfold.” — The Dark Bride by Laura Restrepo

    And also: “Marley was dead, to begin with, there is no doubt whatever about that.” — A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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