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1 Black Notice Patricia Cornwell/Little, Brown pounds 16.99

Scarpetta finds a decomposing geezer in a cargo container

2 Harry Potter/Prisoner J K Rowling/Bloomsbury pounds 10.99

Most dangerous adventure yet for the apprentice mage

3 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson/Hodder pounds 18.99

How Manchester Utd took over the world

4 Remorseful Day Colin Dexter/Macmillan pounds 16.99

Absolutely, positively the last Morse mystery ever

5 The Code Book Simon Singh/Fourth Estate pounds 16.99

Cracking stuff from Sunday Review columnist

6 Between Extremes Brian Keenan & John McCarthy/Bantam pounds 16.9 9

Former hostages bond again in Chile and Peru

7 Second Wind Dick Francis/Michael Joseph pounds 16.99

Grand old man of the turf rides again

8 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99

The good doctor moves to Florence

9 A Star Called Henry Roddy Doyle/Cape pounds 16.99

The man who walked into Republican causes

10 Harm Done Ruth Rendell/Hutchinson pounds 16.99

Chief Inspector Wexford takes on child abuse


1 Harry Potter/Philosopher's... J K Rowling/Bloomsbury pounds 4.99

First outing for boy wizard

2 Harry Potter/Chamber of ... J K Rowling/Bloomsbury pounds 4.99

Back at Hogwart's among friends and enemies

3 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Plucky wartime gels and the brave men who love them

4 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

From adulterous bed to WWI battlefield

5 Georgiana, Duchess of ... A Foreman/Flamingo pounds 8.99

Unstable Spencer woman meddles and intrigues

6 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt/Flamingo pounds 7.99

Harrowing memoir of an Irish childhood

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

A man, a woman and a pine marten

8 Stalingrad Anthony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

The rape of a city in WWII

9 Notes from a Big Country Bill Bryson/Black Swan pounds 6.99

Topographical satirist on his home patch

10 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden/Vintage pounds 6.99

Turning Japanese