This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is taken from a work by a Nobel prize-winning mathematician:
"In all history, nothing is so surprising or so difficult to account for as the sudden rise of civilisation in Greece."
The winner receives a £25 Blackwell's voucher and the closing date is October 23.
Entries, including postal address, should be sent to
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or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner of last week's competition, who correctly identified C. L. R. James's The Black Jacobins , is Paul Mackney, general secretary of Natfhe.
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