Best Opening Sentence of a Book

To celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day tell us the best opening sentence of a book you have read and go in to the draw to win a $100 Gift Voucher from Avid Reader. Here are some examples: 

1. "Every story should start with a fight." Trent Jamieson, Day Boy 

2. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, reflected Jo, that a teenager armed with a Nikko pen is a pain in the fucking neck, and if it isn't then it fucken well oughta be." Melissa Lucashenko Mullumbimby

3. "She's got this nearly chinless face, which isn't as bad as it sounds because she's European and her nose bends over in a poetic way." Christopher Currie, Clancy of the Undertow

4. "Jessica liked the torchlight." Krissy Kneen, Wintering (September release)

5. "Your end is a dead blue wren." Trent Dalton, Boy Swallows Universe 

6. "The day the great man sang, heat blazed in haloes over Bennelong Point." Kristina Olsson, Shell (October release)

7. "When Hitler came to power I was in the bath." Anna Funder, All That I Am

The winner of the $100 Avid Reader Gift Voucher (can be used instore & online) will be notified by email and/or phone. The winning entry will be published in Avid Reader's newsletter on Wednesday 15 August.

Entries close on Love Your Bookshop Day, Saturday 11 August.

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