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1 Single and Single John le Carre/Hodder pounds 16.99

Balance sheets rather than spies, these days

2 Station X Michael Smith/Channel 4 Books pounds 14.99

What's it all about? It's an Enigma

3 The Testament John Grisham/Century pounds 16.99

Billionaire leaves fortune to rainforest babe

4 Birthday Letters Ted Hughes/Faber pounds 14.99

He was a very private man

5 Year 1000 Robert Lacey/Little, Brown pounds 12.99

Looking back 999 years

6 Dead Souls Ian Rankin/Orion pounds 9.99

Riddling Rebus, the Inspector with brains

7 Seafood Odyssey Rick Stein/BBC pounds 18.99

Knee deep in the waves cooking shrimps

8 Iris Murdoch: A Memoir John Bayley/Duckworth pounds 16.95

The Dame revisited

9 Sophie Grigson's Herbs Sophie Grigson/BBC pounds 18.99

Eccentric chef enthuses

10 Notes From A Big Country Bill Bryson/Doubleday pounds 16.99

God of Big Cheques



1 Five Go Mad in the Kitchen -/New Crane pounds 1

Red Nose Day tie-in

2 Other People's Children Joanna Trollope/Black Swan pounds 6.99

Uprooted kids and well-meaning step-parents

3 Internet: Rough Guide Angus J Kennedy/Rough Guides pounds 5

Finding the unspoilt beaches of cyberspace

4 Enduring Love Ian McEwan/Vintage pounds 6.99

It should have won the Booker

5 Street Lawyer John Grisham/Arrow pounds 5.99

Lawyers are sexy, moral and brave

6 Patchwork Planet Anne Tyler/Vintage pounds 6.99

Delightful domestic drama

7 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Meticulously detailed period passion

8 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres/Vintage pounds 6.99

Will nothing dislodge the musical Captain?

9 Armadillo William Boyd/Penguin pounds 6.99

Security satire safely in the top ten

10 Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson/Black Swan pounds 6.99

Bill's jottings find perpetual favour