Thursday is World Book Day - so how well do you know famous opening lines?
Accountants spend an average of five hours a week reading - more than anybody else.
Secretaries came second, followed by MPs, journalists and taxi drivers. Members of the clergy were least likely to be found with a book
Test yourself with our quiz on the first lines of well-known books - and send us your suggestions for first lines of your own.
So what would your first line to a book be? Here is a selection from the hundreds of suggestions received so far.
It all started when the rotting carcass of a whale shark and several tons of sea water turned up in the basement vault of the city bank.
I cannot write, not even letters to friends, but I want to write my story as much for you to read it as for me to understand it.
Una , USA
Never begin a book wiht a poor first line because you will never get the publishers attention.
As I mounted the veranda I smelt her flesh. August's perfume smoothed upon the walls, her noises echoing down stairs like tinkling china quivering for a good tea.
For the rest of that week, I thought a lot about her and my experiences in the shopping mall, and well, work sort of went to pot.
Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread. Meet Dave Fools, detective, maverick, and crime buster.
Mike Collins, UK
She drank the bourbon like it was oxygen not realising that her lifeline was the man who had poured it for her.
Lindsey Pentith, UK
After the gunshot, silence, like a poultice, fell.
Peter McNaughton, Canada
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