Books: the 30 best opening lines

There are so many books that I’ve started to read and failed to even get past the first page. And on the other end of the scale, there are heaps of books that have captivated me from the very first sentence. So today we are asking you about the iconic books from throughout the years in which the opening line is a story in itself. Has there been an opening line that just grabbed you and sucked you right in?

Stylist.co.uk recently did a list of the 100 best opening lines from books; we’ve taken 15 of our favourites and included them in a gallery for your viewing pleasure. Flick, read and enjoy.

What’s your favourite opening line of all time? Which book grabbed you because of its opening line?