Yesterday's opening line was from I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith.
It does get your attention doesn't it! A delightful read.
Cassandra, the speaker, says on page two
I am writing this journal partly to teach myself how to write a novel....It ought to be good for my style to dash along without much thought....but the author Dodie Smith, far from dashing along without much thought, in fact spent hundreds of hours editing (help!) and wrote a 100,000 word notebook on the progress of the novel, says Valerie Grove in her introduction in my Vintage Classics edition.
I think I have some work ahead of me..
Today's opening sentence is:
She had invited Alexander, whether on the spur of the moment or with malice aforethought, he did not know, to come and hear Flora Robson do Queen Elizabeth at The National Portrait Gallery.