This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a novel by a sociology professor:
"She was looking at him in the half-light from the window, at the way his chest rose and fell beneath his carefully crossed hands, and at his face, and especially his nose, which stuck up into the morning air emitting a noise like a broken exhaust pipe."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner receives a £25 book voucher. The closing date is January 8.
The winner of the previous competition, who identified One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, is Michael Corin of Leicester University.
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