First Impressions

December 2, 2005

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a poet's middle-period masterpiece:

""Where the quiet-coloured end of evening smiles,/ Miles and miles/ On the solitary pastures where our sheep/ Half-asleep/ Tinkle homeward thro' the twilight, stray or stop/ As they crop-/..."

* 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 e-mailed to theschat@thes.co.uk

The winner receives a £25 book voucher. The closing date is December 5.

The winner of last week's competition, who identified Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev's Sketches from a Hunter's Album , is Michael Nicholson of University College, Oxford.

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