Yesterday's remarkable opening line was from Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies.
I've just bought Dorothea Brande's Becoming A Writer because Hilary Mantel, in her 10 Rules For Writers (thank you Cornflower) says Read It And Do What It Says! Which is how I got this far with the novel - I read Chris Baty's book and did what it said.
It has to be said I'm not always one to do what I am told - but it does depend who is doing the telling, and if Hilary Mantel, winner of every book award going says this is the thing to do, then maybe....
Today's opening sentence, especially appropriate today, 7th Feb:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.