Have you always been a bookworm or did you discover the joys of escapism through the written word later in life? Me, I can't remember a time when I didn't have my nose stuck in a book, or when I didn't hanker after writing one, come to that. I turned out my first, truly awful, effort when I was in my twenties. Stop it! I'm not going to tell you how long ago that was. Didn't your mother teach you that it's rude to ask a lady her age?
Are you attracted to a book by its first page? As authors we're always told about the importance of the first line and we all know the famous ones:
It is a truth universally acknowledged...blah, blah
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again
But perhaps the following ones aren't quite so easy to place. See how many you know. I've posted a picture to help but I'm not telling you which one it applies to.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 13.
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream...
It was the day my grandmother exploded
Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by a poor dress
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
You better not tell nobody but God.
I'll be interested to see how many you get. Oh, and just so you know, I wouldn't have done too well. I cheated and looked them up!