First Lines Friday: 23rd September

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

Feel free to comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out and maybe share it on Twitter.

Standing alone at the Lowhrs’ party, Anna Mackintosh thought about her husband Edward, establishing him clearing for this purpose in her mind’s eye.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…



The Mark-2 Wife by William Trevor


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William Trevor has been acclaimed as the greatest contemporary writer of short stories in the English language, likened to Chekhov for his insights into human nature.  These three tales of obsession, heartbreak, silent sorrow and the small tragedies of ordinary lives are profound, immaculate and beautiful.

The Mark-2 Wife by William TrevorThis is why I sometimes feel like giving up on my TBR.  I picked this little book up yesterday on a whim and really enjoyed it!  Spontaneous reads are usually the most fun…

The Mark-2 Wife is a collection of three ‘slice of life’ short stories.  They aren’t life-altering, and they aren’t science fiction (I may or may not have been misled by the science fiction-esque title), but they still made a brilliant and quick little read.  I’ll be sure to post a review over the weekend, as I’m still pretty hyped from reading it!

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