First Impressions

February 27, 1998

This week's First Impressions, the competition in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, comes from an early 19th-century poet who was deserted by hersea-faring husband:

"The boy stood on the burning deck / Whence all but hehad fled."

The winner receives a £20 book token and the closing date is March 3.

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 The Memoirs of Lady Hamilton , is Philip Bellamy of The Library, University College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth.

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