This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a novelist with a fascination for Venice: " An unassuming young man was travelling, in midsummer, from his native city of Hamburg to Davos-Platz in the canton of the Grisons... "
The winner receives a £20 book token and
the closing date is October 3 .
Entries should be sent to
Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield
London E1 9XY
faxed to 020 7782 3300
or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner of last week's competition, who identified Herman Melville's Moby-Dick , was N. J. Mitchell of the University of Wales at Aberystwyth .