This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a novelist who started out as an actress:
"When the fire curtain had been lowered and the doors were at last closed, Meredith thought he heard a child crying."
* 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 September 18.
The winner of last week's competition, who identified Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome , is Helen Galbraith of Bristol University.
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