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12 Irresistible First Lines from Books

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Anyone on the lookout for their next big readventure can think of a few episodes of analysis paralysis in a bookshop. With so many book lovers who are lured into a store by the shiny new titles only to discover that they don’t quite match their expectations, it’s easy to see why some readers tend to judge a book by its opening line. After all, no amount of blurb can compete with the authenticity and intrigue of the first few sentences. Here is the list of our favourite opening lines that make these books so irresistible.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader' by C.S. Lewis

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Back When We Were Grown ups by Anne Tyler

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The Restaurant at The End of The Universe by Douglas Adams

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The Portrait of The Lady by Henry James

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

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Scaramouche by Raphael Sabatini

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