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It's a week of action and adventure. The latest Dick Francis delivers not one but 13 denouements: Field of 13 being his first collection of short stories. Ideal if you belong to his loyal band of readers who find it impossible to drag themselves away until the last page is turned and the dastardly villain exposed, but I suspect you might still gallop through the lot.

Close to the Wind, the story of sailor Pete Goss's remarkable U-turn to rescue a fellow sailor on a stricken yacht, in the middle of a race, probably provides more inspiration and food for thought than many of the titles on this week's psychology and self-help list, in which only DK's first-aid manual injects some practical good sense.

Compiled by Bookwatch from sales over seven days ending 6th September.

c Copyright Bookwatch Ltd, 1998

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 (8) Tara Road Maeve Binchy (Orion) 11,934 pounds 16.99

2 (-) Field of Thirteen Dick Francis (M Joseph) 10,640 pounds 16.99

3 (1) Filth Irvine Welsh (Cape) 8,598 pounds 9.99

4 (4) Rainbow Six Tom Clancy (M Joseph) 8,462 pounds 16.99

5 (2) Jemima J Jane Green (Penguin) 8,374 pounds 5.99

6 (6) Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson) 7,657 pounds 16.99

7 (3) Love Song Charlotte Bingham (Bantam) 7,209 pounds 5.99

8 (5) Bag of Bones Stephen King (Hodder) 4,855 pounds 16.99

9 (-) The Clothes They Stood Up In Alan Bennett (Profile) 4,750 pounds 3.99

10 (-) The Tesseract Alex Garland (Viking) 3,800 pounds 9.99

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1(2) The Little Book of Calm Paul Wilson (Penguin) 6,136 pounds 1.99

2(4) The Guv'nor Lenny McLean (Blake) 5,277 pounds 16.99

3(3) Men are From Mars, Women

are from Venus John Gray (Thorsons) 4,511 pounds 9.99

4(1) My 1998 World Cup Story Glenn Hoddle (Deutsch) 4,421 pounds 17.99

5(5) The Calendar David Ewing Duncan (Fourth Estate) 2,771 pounds 12.99

6(6) Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes (Bantam) 1,956 pounds 5.99

7(7) The Little Book of Stress Rohan Candappa (Ebury) 1,694 pounds 1.99

8(9) The Little Book of Dreams Joan Hanger (Penguin) 1,413 pounds 1.99

9(-) Close to the Wind Pete Goss (Headline) 1,412 pounds 18.99

10(10) Round Ireland With a Fridge Tony Hawks (Ebury) 1,293 pounds 9.99

PSYCHOLOGY AND SELF-HELP

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 The Little Book of Calm Paul Wilson (Penguin) 6,136 pounds 1.99

2 Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus John Gray (Thorsons) 4,511 pounds 9.99

3 The First Aid Manual (Dorling Kindersley) 1,700 pounds 9.99

4 The Little Book of Dreams Joan Hanger (Penguin) 1,413 pounds 1.99

5 60 Ways to Feel Amazing Linda Field (Element) 1,016 pounds 1.99

6 The Road Less Travelled M Scott Peck (Century) 634 pounds 6.99

7 The Hay Diet Made Easy Jackie Habgood (Souvenir) 496 pounds 6.99

8 Take Care of Yourself Penelope Sach (Penguin) 411 pounds 1.99

9 Further Along the Road Less Travelled M Scott Peck (Pocket) 377 pounds 5.99

10 You Just Don't Listen Suzie Hayman (Vermilion) 234 pounds 8.99

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