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AQA English Language – Opening Lines for Creative Writing (Q5)

Click on the link above to access a Word document containing some famous opening lines and a few discussion questions, and then suggestions at the end for starting creative pieces (i.e. for AQA Paper 1, Q5). Novels listed below.

  1. City of Glass, by Paul Auster
  2. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  3. The Unnamable, by Samuel Beckett
  4. Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker
  6. The Go-Between, by L. P. Hartley
  7. Herzog, by Saul Bellow
  8. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
  9. Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Attwood
  10. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid
  11. The Trial, by Franz Kafka

And here are the suggestions…

Hope the stuff’s useful.  Feedback always welcome and I always enjoy hearing how the resources used.

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