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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 Second Time Around K Phillips/L Nicoli/CollinsWillow pounds 14.99

Meteoric rise of Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips

5 The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver/M Joseph pounds 18.99

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

6 Losing Nelson Barry Unsworth/Hamish Hamilton pounds 15.99

Satisfying, complex take on a British hero

7 Death du Jour Kathy Reichs/Heinemann pounds 10

More slice and dice than Jamie Oliver

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

Should you need a souvenir of the terrible film

9 Western Front Richard Holmes /BBC pounds 17.99

Tragedy of the trenches

10 How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphics British Museum pounds 9.99

Set text at Hogwarts Academy


1 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

SOE shenanigans in perfect period underwear

2 About a Boy Nick Hornby/Indigo pounds 6.99

Feckless male makes friends with fatherless lad

3 Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire A Foreman/Flamingo pounds 8.99

Another irrepressible Spencer woman

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 Rainbow Six Tom Clancy/Penguin pounds 6.99

Top anti-terrorist action from techno-thriller maestro

7 Driving Over Lemons Chris Stewart/Sort of Books pounds 6.99

Former Genesis drummer flees to Spain, as well he might ...

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

Fascists are nasty (except when they're colourful and Italian)

9 Once In a House On Fire Andrea Ashworth/Picador pounds 6.99

Memoir of an impoverished childhood marred by violent stepfathers

10 The Loop Nicholas Evans/Corgi pounds 5.99

The wolf whisperer