Couldn't resist throwing a couple of opening lines into the newsletter this month, to see if people recognised them. If you got one correct, give yourself a pat on the back. I'll be very impressed if anyone got both right.

Here they are again, and a couple more. You can scroll further down the page to see the answers. No prizes though, but you can pop your score in the comments if it's impressive (and you think we'll believe you).

  1. "Dr Strauss says I should rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happens to me from now on."
  2. "Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw', that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature?"
  3. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
  4. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
  5. "There was a man named Lessingham dwelt in an old low house in Wastdale, set in a gray old garden where yew-trees flourished that had seen Vikings in Copeland in their seedling time."





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  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  2. The Secret History by Donna Tart
  3. 1984 by George Orwell
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. The Worm Ouroboros by E R Eddison