First Impressions

November 24, 2006

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence,is from an autobiographical novel about frustrated desires and stultifying conformity:

"'The cow is there,' said Ansell, lighting a match and holding it over the carpet"

* 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 November .

The winner of last week's competition, who identified Jung Chang's Wild Swans , is Thelma Fletcher of Aberdeen University.

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