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Celebrity special: opening lines from books

The Best 100 Opening Lines From Books remains stylist.co.uk’s most popular piece of content ever. In homage to that fact, we asked former Stylist contributors to share the opening lines that mean the most to them.

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Exclusive illustration: Quentin Blake



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“I pretty much burst into tears” by Sejal Kapadia

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The Twitter account reporting every death from domestic violence

The Twitter account reporting every death from domestic violence this year by Harriet Hall

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Watch the lesbian scene that never actually made it into Love Actually

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