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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 Stalingrad Antony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

Besieged city in the Second World War

5 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99 From adulterous bed to the hell of the trenches

6 Archangel Robert Harris/Arrow pounds 5.99

Stalin's diaries turn up in modern Moscow

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

Star cross'd romance in a Greek isle

8 Notes from a Big Country Bill Bryson/Black Swan pounds 6.99 Bill turns his attention to his fellow people

9 A Man in Full Tom Wolfe/Picador pounds 10 Sprawling satire of greed and debt

10 Monsoon Wilbur Smith/Macmillan pounds 10.99 Three brother sets sail for Africa