Some of the best lines in literature come right at the end, finishing the novel with words that may stay with the reader forever.
Powerful and impactful, or reflecting and thoughtful, a closing line is as important as the opening line.
We have chosen some of our favourite final parting shots from novelists, classic and modern, that have stayed with us after we have closed the book.
If you haven’t read the novels, watch out for spoilers and scroll by the image of the cover quickly.
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
“I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”
6. The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
“I went on my way. A stormy wind rattled the scrap-iron in the ruins, whistling and howling through the charred cavities of the windows. Twilight came on. Snow fell from the darkening, leaden sky.”