First Impressions

December 24, 2004

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a book that was banned by some American high schools:

"We slept in what had once been the gymnasium."

* Entries, including postal address, should be sent to First Impressions, The Times Higher, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX, faxed to 020 7782 3300 or emailed to

The winner receives a £25 book voucher. The closing date is December 31.

The winner of last week's competition, who identified Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep , is Nicci Hastings of the Plymouth College of Art and Design.

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