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1. Come to Grief by Dick Francis (Michael Joseph, pounds 15.99)

2. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (Doubleday, pounds 15.99)

3. Enigma by Robert Harris (Hutchinson, pounds 15.99)

4. A Test of Time: the Bible from Myth to History by David Rohl

5. Granchester Grind by Tom Sharpe (Deutsch, pounds 14.99)

6. The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie (Cape, pounds 15.99)

7. Rose Madder by Stephen King (Hodder, pounds 16.99)

8. The One That Got Away by Chris Ryan (Century, pounds 14.99)

9. Summer Collection by Delia Smith (BBC Books, pounds 14.99)

10. Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher (Hodder, pounds 16.99

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