First Impressions

March 2, 2007

This week's competition, to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a succ s de scandale that was considered dangerously immoral and banned in many countries:

"As you see, my dear Sophie, I am as good as my word, and to spending all my time on frills and furbelows; I shall always have time for you."

* 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

The winner receives a £25 book voucher. The closing date is March 5.

The winner of last week's competition, who identified Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Volume One , was Chris French of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University.

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