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1 Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason Helen Fielding/Picador pounds 14.99

She's back. And more tiresome than ever

2 Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years Sue Townsend/M Joseph pounds 14.99

Nerd becomes a celebrity chef and a single parent

3 Fifth Elephant Terry Pratchett/Doubleday pounds 16.99

Sam Vimes is pursued by werewolves in the 24th Discworld yarn

4 'Tis Frank McCourt/Flamingo pounds 17.99

The next instalment from the author of `Angela's Ashes'

5 Walking with Dinosaurs Tim Haines/BBC pounds 19.99

Extinct beasties stalk the land

6 If Only Geri Halliwell/Bantam pounds 16.99

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

7 Guinness World Records 2000 Guinness/pounds 16.99

Holds the record for the biggest selling copyright book

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

A biography of Galileo revealed through letters from his daughter

9 Hannibal Thomas Harris/Heinemann pounds 16.99

Lecter's long-awaited return

10 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson/Hodder pounds 18.99

The Manchester United boss reveals his secrets


1 Internet: The Rough Guide A J Kennedy/Rough Guides pounds 6

Sites for sore eyes

2 Stalingrad Antony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

Not much poetry, not much pity, but lots of war

3 The English Jeremy Paxman/Penguin pounds 7.99

Bill Bryson's sneering Limey equivalent?

4 Who Wants to be a Millionaire?: The Quizbook Question Masters/Boxtree pounds 5.99

Brush up on your Chris Tarrant impersonations

5 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Shenanigans with the SOE in occupied France

6 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt/Flamingo pounds 7.99

Growing up poor and oppressed in Ireland

7 Carpe Jugulum Terry Pratchett/Corgi pounds 5.99

Vampires invade the Discworld, and the witches don't like it

8 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

From adulterous bed to the hell of the trenches

9 Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire Amanda Foreman/Flamingo pounds 8.99

18th-century forerunner of Diana, Princess of Wales

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

A cornucopia of humorous trivia from sly Yank