First Impressions

December 21, 2007

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from
its opening sentence, is from a story about the traumas of love and

"The Boulevard Du Cange was a broad, quiet street that marked the eastern
flank of the city of Amiens."

- Entries, including postal address, should be sent to First Impressions,
The Times Higher, 26 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4HQ, faxed to 020 3194
3300 or e-mailed to

The winner receives a £25 book voucher. The closing date is January 2.

The winner of last week's competition, who identified If I Die in a Combat
Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O'Brien, is Ben Humphrey of
Exmouth in Devon.

THES (TSL Education Ltd) and its associated companies may from time to
time wish to process, or disclose your data to approved third-party
companies, in order to monitor our service and send you future promotions.
If you do not wish us to do this, please notify us by writing 'No
promotions' on your entry.

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