Books: Bestsellers

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1 Delia's How to Cook: Book Two Delia Smith/BBC pounds 16.99

Delia reveals how to tell a pot from a pan

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

She's back. And more tiresome than ever

3 Adrian Mole Sue Townsend/M Joseph pounds 14.99 Nerd becomes celebrity chef

4 'Tis Frank McCourt/Flamingo pounds 17.99

Next instalment from the author of `Angela's Ashes'

5 New British Classics Gary Rhodes/BBC pounds 20

The cooking world's answer to Nigel Kennedy

6 Fifth Elephant Terry Pratchett/Doubleday pounds 16.99

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

7 Delia's How to Cook: Book One Delia Smith/BBC pounds 16.99

Here she is again

8 Galileo's Daughter Dava Sobel/Fourth Estate pounds 16.99 A biography of Galileo told through the letters of his daughter

9 Hemingway's Adventure Michael Palin/BBC pounds 20

A Python in the footsteps of a legend

10 Parcel Arrived Safely ... Michael Crawford/Century pounds 16.99 Autobiographical anecdotes about berets and `Barnum'


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

Don't forget to log on first

2 Stalingrad Antony Beevor/Penguin pounds 12.99

Harrowing account of two-year struggle for the Eastern front

3 The English Jeremy Paxman/Penguin pounds 7.99

Bill Bryson's sneering Limey equivalent?

4 Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

Plucky gels of the Resistance

5 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt/Flamingo pounds 7.99

Growing up poor and oppressed in Ireland

6 Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The Quiz Book Boxtree pounds 5.99

Brush up on your Chris Tarrant impersonations

7 Georgiana Amanda Foreman/Flamingo pounds 8.99

The other Spencer woman

8 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks/Vintage pounds 6.99

From adulterous bed to the hell of the trenches

9 Once in a House on Fire Andrea Ashworth/Picador pounds 5.99

Growing up in Manchester with an abusive stepfather

10 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres/Vintage pounds 5.99

Vine, women and song