The old man had a shock of white hair pulled back from a broad forehead; startling eyes glittered in a severe high cheek-boned face. (1990)
Proof positive that you really do get better with practice.
The Doctor stood alone on a Devonian beach and tried to persuade the lungfish to return to the sea. (1992)
According to the old woman there had once been a leopard that fell into a trap. (1995)
An allegorical phase obviously
It should have been raining the day they put Roz into the ground, not bright and sunny under a blue sky. (1997)
It should have been a full stop after the word ground, not additional contrasting clauses which should have come later.
See that woman there. (2006)
When in doubt steal(1) – in this case from a Nobel prize winning author. I really have no shame.
They set a post-hound on Benny’s trail on Tallyrand, slotted it to her biometrics and the colour of her hair. (2006)
More blatant theft; can you see who I’m stealing from here?
‘Do I know you?’ asked the man. (2006)
While she was waiting, the girl passed the time by counting the thermonuclear warheads as they went gliding by. (2007)
I think the second one sets the tone of the story well.
It started at one thirty on a cold Tuesday morning in January when Martin Turner, street performer and, in his own words, apprentice gigolo, tripped over a body in front of the West Portico of St Paul’s at Covent Garden. (2011)
Some people don’t like long sentences.
(1) Did i say steal? I meant of course ‘pay homage’.(2)
(2) Recursive theft – love it!