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The most beautiful sentences in indie literature by Sarah Juckes

Words are the most wonderful things. They have power to astound and dismay, make us happy and take us to the brink of despair. We recently came across a BuzzFeed article that collated 51 of the most beautiful sentences from literature, and it was possibly one of the best articles we’ve ever had the pleasure of procrastinating with.

This made us think. Hey. The books on CompletelyNovel contain some of the very best sentences we’ve read. Someone should compile them together, so readers can celebrate the awesome power of the indie word.

So – readers – writers – we need your help. Send us the most beautiful sentences you’ve read in a CompletelyNovel published book before January 31st, and we’ll compile them into an article so astounding, you’ll be in danger of dunking your sandwich in your coffee.

Send us sentences from crime, romance, travel memoirs, business books, self-help guides, children’s story books – anything beautiful you have read on CompletelyNovel, or the sentence you are most pleased with in your own book.

Send us the most beautiful sentence you’ve read in a CompletelyNovel book before January 31st:

To illustrate how affecting words can be, here are the CompletelyNovel team’s favourite beautiful sentences in literature. We should note that settling on just one sentence is the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do and has caused much controversy and sleepless nights tearing through book pages. CompletelyNovel cannot be held accountable for any inner turmoil you may feel when deciding upon your own favourite sentence.

Anna Lewis – Co-founder of CompletelyNovel

“He was healthier than the rest of us, but when you listened with the stethoscope you could hear the tears bubbling inside his heart.”Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold


I’m a big fan of Garcia Marquez’s style of magical realism and there are quite a few sentences that I could have chosen from his books. I initially studied this book in Spanish back when I was school but have gone back to reread it in English too. I think there’s often an element of unusual beauty in translated texts, and I love the image this sentence conjures up – starting with something practical and moving through to something deeply sad and extraordinary in one line.

Sarah Juckes – Communications Manager

“A billion or so flavours, none of them quite the same, and a sky to slowly suck on.”Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.


The Book Thief is really just one long, beautiful sentence all about words. It’s difficult to pick just one part of it, but I chose the sentence above as it encapsulates everything I love about this book. If you haven’t read it (and you really should) the book is narrated by Death, who sees the world in a synaesthetic miss-mash of colours, sky and blurring senses. Here, Death is describing a ‘chocolate-covered sky’ as something to taste and savour. Beautiful.

Jessica Barrah – Marketing and Community Assistant

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums


I often burble on aimlessly, when the perfect way to say something is usually short and beautifully straightforward. It would be nice to be able to speak in haikus!

Jon Linklater-Johnson – Lead Developer

“An Outside Context Problem was the sort of thing most civilisations encountered just once, and which they tended to encounter rather in the same way a sentence encountered a full stop.”Iain M. Banks, Excession


Excession is one of my favourite books. It’s all about super massive artificially intelligent space ships dealing with a problem that’s beyond even their combined ability to properly understand. I like they way this sentence uses it’s own structure and rhythm to emphasise its meaning. It captures very succinctly the tension caused by the possibility of an abrupt end that underlies the whole story.

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