Instead of opening lines, here are the last lines of an apocalyptic novel from 1957:
Then she put the tablets in her mouth and swallowed them down with a mouthful of brandy, sitting behind the wheel of her big car.
Can you guess the author? And the title?
I've been finding the editing of my novel pretty tough going but this morning tried for the first time reading it out loud. This really works for me. Hurrah! Progress....
Unfortunately, it is not possible to do this in cafés or libraries - I'm not quite ready for public readings yet!