First Impressions

November 17, 2000

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a wartime novel about history, hysteria and hearts:
" It was a summer's night and they were talking, in the big room with the windows open to the garden, about the cesspool ."

The winner receives a £25 Blackwell's book voucher and the closing date is November 21

  • Entries should be sent to:
    First Impressions
    The THES , Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX,
    faxed to 020 7782 3300, or
    emailed here

The winner of last week's competition, who correctly identified Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities , is Christopher Carmichael from Newcastle upon Tyne.

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