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1 Adrian Mole Sue Townsend/MJoseph pounds 14.99

Nerd becomes a celebrity chef and acquires a son

2 If Only Geri Halliwell/Bantam pounds 16.99

The tears, the triumphs, the Union Jack minis

3 Disgrace J M Coetzee/Secker pounds 14.99

Personal and political accountability in the new South Africa

4 Hemingway's Travels Michael Palin/Weidenfeld pounds 20 Tracing the footsteps of a fast-living legend

5 'Tis Frank McCourt/Flamingo pounds 17.99 The next chapter from the author of `Angela's Ashes'

6 Walking with Dinosaurs Tim Haines/BBC pounds 19.99

Lost extinct beasties stalk the land

7 The Autobiography John Major/HarperCollins pounds 25

They were all bastards. Oh yes

8 Remorseful Day Colin Dexter/Macmillan pounds 16.99

Erudite Oxford tec's last bow

9 Science, Faith and Love Dava Sobel/Fourth Estate pounds 16.99

A biography of Galileo revealed through letters from his daughter

10 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99

Lecter's long-awaited return


1 Last Chance Saloon Marian Keyes/Michael Joseph pounds 9.99

Changing lives and relationships of Irish trio in London

2 The English Jeremy Paxman/Penguin pounds 7.99

Bill Bryson's sneering Limey equivalent?

3 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt/Flamingo pounds 7.99

Growing up poor and oppressed in Ireland

4 Archangel Robert Harris/Arrow pounds 5.99

Stalin's diaries turn up in modern Moscow

5 Internet: The Rough Guide A J Kennedy/Rough Guides pounds 6 Sites for sore eyes

6 Stalingrad Antony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

An account of the ill-fated Operation Barbarossa

7 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

From adulterous bed to the hell of the trenches

8 Notes from a Big Country Bill Bryson/BlackSwan pounds 6.99 A cornucopia of humorous trivia

9 Dead Souls Ian Rankin/Orion pounds 5.99

Labyrinthine thriller featuring Detective John Rebus

10 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden/Vintage pounds 6.99

A novel look at a secret world