Great opening paragraph 52… ‘Astonishing Splashes of Colour’ #amwriting #FirstPara

Clare Morrall “At 3.15 every weekday afternoon, I become anonymous in a crowd of parents and child-minders congregating outside the school gates. To me, waiting for children to come out of school is a quintessential act of motherhood. I see the mums – and the occasional dads – as yellow people. Yellow as the sun, a daffodil, the submarine. But why do we teach children to paint the sun yellow? It’s a deception. The sun is white-hot, brilliant, impossible to see with the naked eye, so why do we confuse brightness with yellow?”
‘Astonishing Splashes of Colour’ by Clare Morrall

Read my reviews of these novels by Clare Morrall:-
After the Bombing
The Man Who Disappeared
The Language of Others
The Roundabout Man
Natural Flights of the Human Mind

Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:-
‘Tipping the Velvet’ by Sarah Waters
‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt
‘Queen Camilla’ by Sue Townsend

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A 1st para which makes me want to read more: ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR by Clare Morrall #books via @SandraDanby


  1. Interesting for me to read this Sandra as Clare Morrall edited the anthology which is, so far, my one publication! But I haven’t actually read any of her books, I think perhaps I should…