1. Ulysses (James Joyce, 1922)
'Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.'
2. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway, 1952)
'He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.'
3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen, 1813)
'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.'
4. Middlemarch (George Eliot, 1872)
'Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.'
5. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott, 1869)
'Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.'
6. Animal Farm (George Orwell, 1945)
'Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.'
7. The Road (Cormac McCarthy, 2006)
'When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.'
8. Candide (Voltaire, 1759)
'In a castle of Westphalia, belonging to the Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh, lived a youth, whom nature had endowed with the most gentle manners.'
9. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone (JK Rowling, 1997)
'Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.'
10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Caroll,1865)
'Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the riverbank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversation?'