First impressions

August 15, 1997

This week's First Impressions, the competition in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, comes from an old Harrovian with dynastic tendencies: "An only son of prosperous parents is apt to be spoilt, especially in India."

Entries should be submitted to First Impressions, The THES,Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1 9XY, faxed to 0171 782 3300 or emailed to

The winner receives a Pounds 20 book token and the closing date is August 19.The winner of last week's competition, who identified Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, is Mrs L. Cherry of Torquay.

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