BOOKS: BEST-SELLERS

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Hardbacks

1 Black Notice Patricia Cornwell/Little, Brown pounds 16.99

Scarpetta finds a decomposing geezer in a cargo container

2 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson/Hodder pounds 18.99

Inside secrets of Man U FC

3 Second Wind Dick Francis/Michael Joseph pounds 16.99

Surely he's on to his 20th wind by now

4 Code Book Simon Singh/Fourth Estate pounds 16.99

Rigorous history of code and cipher-breaking

5 A Star Called Henry Roddy Doyle/Cape pounds 16.99

The man who walked into Republican causes

6 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99

Harry Potter for grown-ups

7 Harm Done Ruth Rendell/Hutchinson pounds 12.99

Wexford takes on child abduction

8 Between Extremes Brian Keenan & John McCarthy/Bantam pounds 16.99

Former hostages bond again in Chile and Peru

9 The Business Iain Banks/Little, Brown pounds 16.99

Hip cultural references in heavy-handed satire

10 Graham Henry: Supercoach Bob Howitt/Lennard pounds 16.99

The New Zealander who transformed Welsh rugby

Paperbacks

1 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Awfully plucky gels and the brave chaps who love them

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

A soldier, a Greek girl, and a man who pees on his herb garden

3 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

WWI love story turns up the tension

4 Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire A Foreman/Flamingo pounds 8.99

Unstable, unhappy Spencer woman meddles and intrigues

5 The Beach Alex Garland/Penguin pounds 6.99

Self-absorbed backpackers find Utopia - then it all goes scary

6 Memoirs Of A Geisha Arthur Golden/Vintage pounds 6.99

Turning Japanese

7 Rainbow Six Tom Clancy/Penguin pounds 6.99

Top anti-terrorist action from techno-thriller maestro

8 Stalingrad Anthony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

The rape of a city in WWII

9 Enduring Love Ian McEwan/Vintage pounds 6.99

McEwan's balloon still rises

10 Path Of Daggers Robert Jordan/Orbit pounds 6.99

Epic fantasy reaches volume 9

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