First Impressions

January 9, 1998

This week's First Impressions, the competition in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, comes from a 19th-century novelist and friend of Dickens:

"It was a dark and stormy night."

The winner receives a £20 book token and the closing date is January 13.

Entries should be sent to
First Impressions
Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield
London E1 9XY

faxed to 0171-782 3300
or emailed to

The winner of last week's competition, who identified Penguin Classics' Aesop's The Complete Fables , is Jeremy Smith of Bishop's Stortford.

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