Daily Constitutionals

Our ‘earthquake’ kitty, Pootie is such a star Having being brought up by Nell, our three year old Springer he obviously thinks he’s a dog. Every day, when he’s not sleeping of course, he joins his canine friends on a walk through the woods. He even rolls over for a tummy tickle and partakes in … Continue reading

Monthly Quote

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A Novel Is Not Just for November

If you’ve been around the writing circuit for some time, you’ll know all about the annual writing challenge known as Continue reading

Favourite Opening Lines

Opening lines are important. Some stick in the mind longer than others and some will mean that short moment in which a reader decides to read on… or not.




  1. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
  2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must want for a wife.” Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
  3. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
  4. “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
  5. “It was the day my grandmother exploded.” Iain Banks’ The Crow Road
  6. “124 was spiteful.” Toni Morrison’s Beloved
  7. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were very normal, thank you very much.” J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

What are yours and why?

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