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The best 100 closing lines from books

Don't judge a book by its cover - instead, try and wait for the last line.

Following our massively popular and lovingly selected list of the 100 best opening lines from books, it's now time for the closing lines to shine. Because, whilst the beginning of a book may get all the glory, it's the ending that really stays with you. A vague last line casts a shadow over the entire novel, whereas a powerful and poignant one will keep you wondering for weeks to come.

From classics such as George Orwell's Animal Farm to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Jung Chang's Wild Swans, we've scoured the Stylist book shelf for the best closing lines (or, in some cases to give context, the best final few lines) ever written. If you don't want to know a book you're yet to read's final thought, look away now...

Click an image to launch the gallery. What's your favourite from our list? Perhaps we've missed a great closing line? Either way, let us know in the comments section below.

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