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1 Fifth Elephant Terry Pratchett/Doubleday pounds 16.99

Werewolves and vampires in the 24th Discworld yarn

2 Adrian Mole Sue Townsend/M Joseph pounds 14.99

Nerd becomes a celebrity chef and a single parent

3 Disgrace J M Coetzee/Secker pounds 14.99

Booker Prize-winner about personal accountability in the new South Africa

4 If Only Geri Halliwell/Bantam pounds 16.99

The tears, the triumphs, the Union Jack minis (nothing on Chris Evans, though)

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

6 White Cap and Bails Dickie Bird/Hodder pounds 18.99

Cricket anecdotes and yarns

7 Walking with Dinosaurs Tim Haines/BBC pounds 19.99

Lost extinct beasties stalk the land

8 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99 Lecter's long-awaited return

9 Galileo's Daughter Dava Sobel/Fourth Estate pounds 16.99

A biography of Galileo revealed through letters from his daughter

10 Blue at the Mizzen Patrick O'Brian/HarperCollins pounds 16.99

Extremely long-term protagonist Aubrey sets sail for Chile


1 The English Jeremy Paxman/Penguin pounds 7.99

Bill Bryson's sneering Limey equivalent?

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

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 Last Chance Saloon Marian Keyes/M Joseph pounds 9.99 Changing lives and relationships of Irish trio in London

6 Dead Souls Ian Rankin/Orion pounds 5.99

Labyrinthine thriller featuring Detective John Rebus

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/Black Swan pounds 6.99 A cornucopia of humourous trivia

9 Stalingrad Antony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

An account of the ill-fated Operation Barbarossa

10 The Testament John Grisham/Century pounds 10

More evil legal shenanigans