First Impressions

June 25, 1999

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from the only Nobel laureate for literature ever to appear in Wisden: "The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new."

* Entries should be sent 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 June 29.The winner of last week's competition, who correctly identified Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, is Alan Stanton of Richmond, Surrey.

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