First Impressions

This week's competition, in which you have to identify a book from its opening sentence, is from a novel by a recently deceased Nobel laureate:

"Their heads were huddled around the brazier, and their hands were spread over its fire: Amina's thin and gaunt, Aisha's stiff, and Umm Hanafi's like the hard shell of a turtle"

* 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 September 25.

The winner of last week's competition, who identified Beryl Bainbridge's An Awfully Big Adventure , is James Kilvington of Oxford.

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