First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. 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 (it could be your current read or on your TBR) 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!
Happy First Lines Friday! (My first ever on this new little book blog). I love this idea of First Lines Friday, as I know I’m personally very swayed by first lines when deciding whether or not to pick up a book. So, without further ado, here is the first line of my current read, which I love for its weirdness and humour:
‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello. Wot’s all this then? That’s the voice of Cerberus, the savage mythical three-headed dog (one ‘ello per head).
Hint #1: Lyrical literary fiction from a Scottish author.
Hint #2: Published in 2022 and set in 2021 during lockdown. Both writing and publishing done fast to close the gap between the book and the world it is set in.
Hint #3: An exploration and celebration of companionship.
A celebration of companionship in all its timeless and contemporary, legendary and unpindownable, spellbinding and shapeshifting forms…
It follows the unique achievement of Smith’s Seasonal cycle of novels – Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer – written and published in as close as possible to real time, between 2016 and 2020, absorbing and refracting the times we are living through.
Did the first line catch your attention? Let me know in the comments. I’m half way through this book at time of writing and it’s unlike anything I’ve read before. It definitely lives up to the weirdness and funniness of its first line. I’ll come back with my full thoughts when I’ve finished reading!