This week's First Impressions, the competition in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, comes from a novelist who is no stranger to the Pulitzer Prize:
"Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it."
The winner receives a £20 book token and the closing date is February 17.
Entries should be sent to
Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield
London E1 9XY
faxed to 0171-782 3300
or emailed to email@example.com
The winner of last week's competition, who identified James Joyce's Ulysses , is Tony Tucker of the University of Central Preston.