From the Introduction to The Last Word by Ben Macintyre The first section begins: In the summer of 1945 Mrs Irene Graham, of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, was told that a German prisoner of war from the nearby camp would be coming to help her in the garden.
From the Preface to The World of Samuel Pepys by Robert and Linnet Latham The first chapter begins: It was one of the greatest miracles in our history that in 1660 the Puritan Revolution was overthrown and the monarchy restored without foreign intervention or civil war.
of the Hotel de la Plage formed a dazzling halo around the man sitting opposite Betty Farmer with his back to the sea, laughing as he tucked into the six-shilling Sunday Roast Special "with all the trimmings".
the silence of that cold winter morning was absolute, save for the crunch of breaking ice as her Doc Martens stamped through the puddles that ran ribbon-like along the rutted track. From A Matter of Trust by Robin Pilcher
important to say to you before he passes, two feelings flash through you: first, the sense that you're in an Alexandre Dumas novel, that some momentous family secret is about to be revealed -- the lost inheritance, your true paternity, something like that.