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Not so much an author these days as a trademark, Tom Clancy shows off with relentless frequency the high-street firepower of his bulky spy- and-shootout romps. This week's familiar, post-Christmas fiction list divides neatly between the old-fashioned blockbusters (Clancy, Colin Forbes, the Ancient Egyptian hokum of the Ramses series) and younger, more upscale bestsellers of the Welsh, Faulks and Garland kind. It's a print version of the cultural contest between (say) ITV and Channel 4, with the trad stars still a bit ahead. There's little change on the non-fiction list, the only new entry being Nigella Lawson's How to Eat which, with no direct TV tie-in, is gathering sales the best way possible - word of mouth and well-fed stomachs.

Compiled from data supplied on sales over seven days ending 10 January 1999

Bookwatch Ltd, 1999

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 (1) Tom Clancy's Powerplays: ruthless.com Tom Clancy (Penguin) 2,929 pounds 5.99

2 (2 ) Churchill's People Mary Jane Staples (Corgi) 2,194 pounds 5.99

3 (6) Ramses 5: Under the Western Acacia Christian Jacq (Simon & Schuster) 1,830 pounds 9.99

4 (3) Miracle Cure Michael Palmer (Arrow) 1,745 pounds 5.99

5 (4) This United State Colin Forbes (Macmillan) 1,063 pounds 16.99

6 (-) Filth Irvine Welsh (Cape) 965 pounds 9.99

7 (10) Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson) 964 pounds 16.99

8 (8) Archangel Robert Harris (Hutchinson) 934 pounds 16.99

9 (7) Carpe Jugulum Terry Pratchett (Doubleday) 922 pounds 16.99

10 (-) The Tesseract Alex Garland (Viking) 892 pounds 9.99

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1(1) Delia's How to Cook, Book 1 Delia Smith (BBC) 7,884 pounds 16.99

2(3) The Little Book of Calm Paul Wilson (Penguin) 5,103 pounds 1.99

3(4) Men are from Mars... John Gray (Thorsons) 4,306 pounds 8.99

4(5) Notes from a Big Country Bill Bryson (Doubleday) 2,408 pounds 16.99

5(2) Little Book of Feng Shui Lillian Too (Element) 3,278 pounds 1.99

6(7) Birthday Letters Ted Hughes (Faber) 1,122 pounds 14.99

7(-) The English Jeremy Paxman (M Joseph) 1,108 pounds 20

8(-) Losing my Virginity Richard Branson (Virgin) 1,055 pounds 20

9(-) How to Eat Nigella Lawson (Chatto & Windus) 989 pounds 25

10(9) Ethel and Ernest Raymond Briggs (Cape) 983 pounds 14.99

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