Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge
The Blind Assassin. Margaret Attwood. Booker Prize winner.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Pride and Prejudice (1813). Jane Austen
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like..
The Catcher in the Rye. JD Salinger.
Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997). Joanne Kathleen Rowling. Potter in Gryffindor house.
As Gregory Samsara awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect
The Metamorphosis (1915) Franz Kafka (1883-1924). Cockroach.
It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.
1984. George Orwell
It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs...
The Bell Jar (1963). Sylvia Plath.
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
Middlemarch (1871-72). George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte. Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff.
I was born in the year 1632 in the city of York, of a good family, tho not of that country
Robinson Crusoe (1719). Daniel Defoe
Someone must have slandered Jose K, for one fine morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested
The Trial (1925). Franz Kafka
Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents grumbled Jo, lying the rug.
Little Women. Louis May Alcott
This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
The Good Soldier. Ford Maddox Ford.
The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
Murphy. Samuel Beckett
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
David Copperfield. Charles John Huffam Dickens.
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