Great Opening Paragraph 46… ‘After You’d Gone’ #amwriting #FirstPara

Maggie O’Farrell“The day she would try to kill herself, she realised winter was coming again. She had been lying on her side, her knees drawn up; she’d sighed. And the heat of her breath had vaporised in the cold air of the bedroom. She pushed the air out of her longs again, watching. Then she did it again, and again. Then she wrenched back the covers and got up. Alice hated winter.”
‘After You’d Gone’ by Maggie O’Farrell

Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘The Collector’ by John Fowles
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A 1st para which makes me want to read more: AFTER YOU’D GONE by Maggie O’Farrell #books via @SandraDanby


  1. woodbeez48

    Well, that certainly captured my attention. I’ve not read anything by Maggie O’Farrell either so will add this one to my wish list. Thank you.

  2. You are in for a treat if you haven’t discovered her, this was her first book. I always love discovering a new author, with the promise of so much to read! SD