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1 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Awfully brave gel deep under cover in wartime France

2 Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire A Foreman/Flamingo pounds 8.99

Unstable, unhappy Spencer woman meddles and intrigues

3 Amsterdam Ian McEwan/Vintage pounds 6.99

Over-schematic moral fable

4 About a Boy Nick Hornby/Indigo pounds 6.99

Feckless male makes friends with fatherless lad

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

Bereaved female novelist at three stages of her life

6 Rainbow Six Tom Clancy/Penguin pounds 6.99

Top anti-terrorist action from techno-thriller maestro

7 The Tesseract Alex Garland/Penguin pounds 6.99

Four tense tales interweave in the Philippines

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

Film news: Johnny Depp tipped to play the musical military man

9 Stalingrad Anthony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

This year's trivial, no-brainer beach read

10 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Compulsive, agonising First World War page-turner


1 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson/Hodder pounds 18.99

The bung not taken

2 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99

Harry Potter for grown-ups

3 The Business Iain Banks/Little, Brown pounds 16.99

Hip cultural references in heavy-handed satire

4 A Star Called Henry Roddy Doyle/Cape pounds 16.99

A hard look at the founding myths of the Republican struggle

5 Western Front Richard Holmes /BBC pounds 17.99

Tragedy of the trenches

6 Losing Nelson Barry Unsworth/Hamish Hamilton pounds 15.99

Satisfying, complex take on a British hero

7 Year 1000 Robert Lacey/Little Brown pounds 12.99

Looking back on the eve of the millennium

8 Headlong Michael Frayn/Faber pounds 16.99

Erudite art farce concerning a newly discovered Breughel

9 Almost A Crime Penny Vincenzi/Orion pounds 16.99

Spin-doctor's affair tears his family apart

10 Second Time Around Luke Nicoli & Kevin Phillips/CollinsWillow pounds 14.99

Sunderland fans must be buying this account of striker's success