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1 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99

Harry Potter for grown-ups

2 Losing Nelson Barry Unsworth/Hamish Hamilton pounds 15.99

Terrifying naval set-pieces in rich fictional study of a hero

3 Death du Jour Kathy Reichs/Heinemann pounds 10

More slice and dice than Jamie Oliver

4 Star Wars: Episode One David Reynolds/D Kindersley pounds 12.99

The sets! The outfits! The silly names!

5 The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver/M Joseph pounds 18.99

He's young, daft and Estuarian, but his cooking's pukka

6 Star Wars: Episode One Dorling Kindersley pounds 12.99

The one with spaceship cross-sections

7 Catastrophe David Keys/Century pounds 16.99

Giant explosion leads to the rise of Islam (see review, opposite)

8 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner Eliz. George/Hodder pounds 16.99

Two bodies found in a stone circle in the Peak District

9 The Science of Discworld Terry Pratchett etc/Ebury pounds 14.99

Set text at the Unseen University

10 Full Moon Michael Light/Cape pounds 35

To the moon and back courtesy of Nasa


1 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

SOE shenanigans in perfect period underwear

2 Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire A Foreman/Flamingo pounds 8.99

That irrepressible Spencer woman

3 About a Boy Nick Hornby/Indigo pounds 6.99

Feckless male makes friends with fatherless lad

4 A Widow for One Year John Irving/Black Swan pounds 7.99

Bereaved female novelist at three stages of her life

5 Amsterdam Ian McEwan/Vintage pounds 6.99

Over-schematic moral fable

6 Another World Pat Barker/Penguin pounds 6.99

Magnificent, subtle ghost story with WWI flashbacks

7 The Tesseract Alex Garland/Penguin pounds 6.99

Four complex, interlocking tales set in the Philippines

8 The Loop Nicholas Evans/Corgi pounds 5.99

The wolf whisperer

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

Finds favour with everyone except the Morning Star

10 Patchwork Planet Anne Tyler/Vintage pounds 6.99

Divorced dad finds redemption