Books: The Independent on Sunday Bestseller List

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POETRY

1 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot, Faber pounds 3.99

2 Collected Poems by Philip Larkin, Faber pounds 9.99

3 New Selected Poems 1966-1987

by Seamus Heaney, Faber pounds 6.99

4 The Rattle Bag ed Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, Faber pounds 9.99

5 Selected Poems by Sylvia Plath,

Faber pounds 5.99

6 Serious Concerns by Wendy Cope, Faber pounds 5.99

7 The Best of Betjeman

by John Betjeman, Penguin pounds 5.99

8 Selected Poems of Elizabeth Jennings, Carcanet pounds 4.95

9 The New Oxford Book of English Verse, OUP pounds 16.95

10Defying Gravity,

by Roger McGough, Penguin pounds 6.99

The first figure in square brackets shows last week's place; the second shows the number of appearances on this list. Compiled by Bookwatch (week ending 24 October)

HARDBACKS

1 The Downing Street Years

by Margaret Thatcher

HarperCollins pounds 25 (-/1)

2 Bravo Two-Zero by Andy McNab Bantam pounds 14.99 (3/2)

3 Taken on Trust by Terry Waite

Hodder pounds 14.99 (2/5)

4 Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill Sinclair-Stevenson pounds 12.99 (1/3)

5 Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years by Sue Townsend

Methuen pounds 8.99 (4/5)

6 A Short Walk from Harrods by Dirk Bogarde, Viking pounds 15.99 (5/3)

7 Delia Smith's Summer Collection

BBC pounds 14.99 (6/5)

8 Black Holes and Baby Universes by Stephen Hawking, Bantam pounds 16.99 (-/1)

9 Some Other Rainbow by McCarthy & Morrell, Bantam pounds 14.99 (9/5)

10Guinness Book of Records 1994

ed Peter Matthews,

Guinness pounds 14.99 (-/1)

11Decider by Dick Francis

Michael Joseph pounds 14.99 (10/5)

12Mind Over Matter

by Ranulph Fiennes,

Sinclair-Stevenson pounds 16.99 (11/2)

13The Golden Straw by Catherine Cookson, Bantam pounds 14.99 (8/3)

14Delia Smith's Christmas

BBC pounds 12.95 (-/1)

15The Diary of Jack the Ripper

by Shirley Harrison

Smith Gryphon pounds 14.99 (14/2)

PAPERBACKS

1 The Bridges of Madison County

by Robert James Waller

Mandarin pounds 3.99 (1/5)

2 Mostly Harmless

by Douglas Adams

Pan pounds 4.99 (3/3)

3 This Other Eden by Ben Elton Pocket Books pounds 5.99 (2/3)

4 Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Flamingo pounds 6.99 (4/5)

5 The Maltese Angel

by Catherine Cookson

Corgi pounds 4.99 (5/3)

6 The Queen and I by Sue Townsend Mandarin pounds 4.99 (6/5)

7 The Firm by John Grisham

Arrow pounds 4.99 (7/5)

8 The Men and the Girls

by Joanna Trollope

Black Swan pounds 5.99 (9/5)

9 Only You Can Save Mankind

by Terry Pratchett

Corgi pounds 3.99 (8/4)

10Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, Black Swan pounds 5.99 (11/3)

11Paperweight by Stephen Fry

Mandarin pounds 5.99 (-/1)

12The Pelican Brief by John

Grisham, Arrow pounds 4.99 (14/5)

13Rising Sun by Michael Crichton Arrow pounds 4.99 (15/2)

14The Secret History by Donna

Tartt, Penguin pounds 5.99 (10/5)

15Every Living Thing by

James Herriot, Pan pounds 4.99 (13/5)

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