First Impressions

May 12, 2006

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a novelist who was once a merchant seaman:

"It was the summer that men first walked on the moon."

* 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 theschat@thes.co.uk

The winner receives a £25 book voucher. The closing date is May 15.

The winner of last week's competition, who identified Benoit Mandelbrot's The Fractal Geometry of Nature , was Sindiso Mnisi of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford.

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