First and last in new book quiz

Sorry about the absence for a couple of days.

I’m adding something new to the mix. A little literary quiz based on well-known books and their first and last lines. See if you know the book each one is from and the name of the author.

It’s just for fun but if you want to give your answers below I will tell you whether they are right or wrong on Sunday, 5th February.


First line: The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon.

Last line: He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance.


First line: I looked at my notes and I didn’t like them.

Last line: She died last month at the age of eighty-two.


First line: Cedric himself knew nothing whatever about it.

Last line: “There’s not an aunt-sister among ’em -nor a earl!’


First line: The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry.

Last line: ‘She’s never found peace since she left his arms, and never will again till she’s as he is now.’


First line: Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with his bald pink knees thrust against the ironwork.

Last line: ‘And you may be the in the right of it there, too,’ Father Rank replied.

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

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