What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
Curious? Read on to find out which book this extract is from…
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101…
Have you read this book? Have you ever chosen to read a book based purely on an extract? Share your experiences!
Also, if you want to try First Lines Fridays yourself, copy and paste the rules above and tag me, so I can take a look!