This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a novelist who once worked as a merchant seaman on an oil tanker:
"These were the last things, she wrote."
* 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 email@example.com
The winner receives a £25 book voucher. The closing date is July 31.
The winner of last week's competition, who identified Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things , was G. Kerr of Glasgow
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