They say the ending of a book makes you buy another of the author’s books – if it’s any good. What are your favourite last lines from books you’ve read?
My 18 Favourite Last Lines From Books I’ve Loved
He heard the other receiver being dropped into its cradle, then the hum of the open line. He stood for a moment, then replaced the receiver and walked into the kitchen, pulled open the cupboard and lifted out the newspaper and cuttings. Dumped the whole lot of them into the bin. Grabbed his jacket and took that walk.
~Ian Rankin, Black and Blue (1997)
Mist swirled and smoked, rose from a pool of such clarity that she looked as if she were swimming in air.
~Nicholas Hogg, The Hummingbird & The Bear (2011)
These were history’s gifts to my family – and if the resources of that grocer, the fruits of those riots, the possibilities of that culture, and the privileges of that skin tone had extended to others, how many more would now live a life of fulfilment, in a beautiful house high on a hill?
~Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers (2008)
But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.
~Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1994)
Bon courage, bonne chance, and bon appetit.
~Mireille Guiliano, French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure (2005)
Write about promises broken.
Write about the last light of day.
Write about a secret collection.
Write what whispers your name in the night.
Notes drawn from the river
Write about a whole life of madness
This is where I’ve been
~Judy Reeves, A Writer’s Book of Days (2010)
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