Great Opening Paragraph 30… ‘The L-Shaped Room’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“There wasn’t much to be said for the place, really, but it had a roof over it and a door which locked from the inside, which was all I cared about just then. I didn’t even bother to take in the details – they were pretty sordid, but I didn’t notice them so they didn’t depress me; perhaps because I was already at rock-bottom. I just threw my one suitcase on to the bed, took my few belongings out of it and shut them all into one drawer of the three-legged chest of drawers. Then there didn’t seem to be
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My favourite library… The British Library

I only visited the old British Library, when it was at the British Museum in Bloomsbury, once. When the plan to move to a new building St Pancras was mooted in the late 1970s, I was a student at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. I saw the plans of the architect, Colin St John Wilson, and it was a case of instant dislike: all that red brick. Brutalist architecture, not my favourite. But I have an inbuilt love of all libraries.Now the building has mellowed and so have I. Now that I’ve been there, worked there, spent many days there
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If books were real, Mr Wickham…

Mr Wickham… would lie on his Facebook page about his connections, his achievements, and his fortune. He would find Linked In a little more difficult, as no-one would want to link themselves to him. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen [Penguin] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Bella Swan, vampire, in ‘Breaking Dawn’ Jamie Fraser in ‘Cross Stitch’ Torak in ‘Wolf Brother’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Mr Wickham would lie on social media PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-nM
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Great opening paragraph 29… ‘The Murder Room’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“On Friday 25 October, exactly one week before the first body was discovered at the Dupayne Museum, Adam Dalgliesh visited the museum for the first time. The visit was fortuitous, the decision impulsive and he was later to look back on that afternoon as one of life’s bizarre coincidences which, although occurring more frequently than reason would expect, never fail to surprise.” ‘The Murder Room’ by PD James  Amazon Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘Lucky You’ by Carl Hiassen ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding And
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Aah Snoopy, you are so right… 1

Sometimes, the words of Snoopy are spot-on about writing.   ‘Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life’ ed by Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz [UK: Writer’s Digest Books]     And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Sticking with a formula: great advice for writers from @Snoopy http://wp.me/p5gEM4-nZ via @SandraDanby
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Great opening paragraph 28… ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“When the phone ran I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along to an FM broadcast of the overture of Rossini’s ‘The Thieving Magpie,’ which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta.” ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ by Haruki Murakami  Amazon Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘A Change of Climate’ by Hilary Mantel ‘The Pelican Brief’ by John Grisham ‘Sophie’s World’ by Jostein Gaarder And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: A 1st para which makes me want to read more:
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If books were real, Bella Swan…

Bella Swan, if she was still human… wouldcontinue to live in Arizona… teach English… … and drink a Starbucks coffee Frappuccino every day.           ‘Twilight’ by Stephanie Meyer [UK: Atom] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Elizabeth Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Jo March in ‘Little Women’ Bella Swan, vampire, in ‘Breaking Dawn’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Imagine, if Bella Swan were real: TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer #books via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-ne  
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Great opening paragraph 27… ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“All day, the colours had been those of dusk, mist moving like a water creature across the great flanks of mountains possessed of ocean shadows and depths. Briefly visible above the vapour, Kanchenjunga was a far peak whittled out of ice, gathering the last of the light, a plume of snow blown high by the storms at its summit.” ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ by Kiran Desai Amazon Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘Possession’ by AS Byatt ‘Middlesex’ by Jeffrey Eugenides ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins And if you’d like to tweet a link to
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Book review: The Lady of the Rivers

Yet again, Philippa Gregory brings history alive. Her story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, from her first encounter with Joan of Arc, kept me riveted. She is so attuned to the period and the language that her writing is seamless. At no point does the research show itself. And there is a lot of research, Gregory herself admits she does four months of solid research before starting to write. She also says that she often finds the idea for a different novel when she is researching another. It may seem to the outsider that Gregory re-invents the same story – ‘what
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My favourite library… Hunmanby Library

Sadly, my childhood library at Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, closed in 2012. The property was sold in February not, as first feared, to a housing developer, but to a local businessman who plans to move in his existing company. Local councillor Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff was relieved that the property had been bought by someone local who planned to use the existing building, rather than demolishing it to make way for nine new homes. Hunmanby Library was a magical place for me, before its opening I had been used to visits to the village by the library van. Eight local libraries were threatened
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