Rogue Trader by Nick Leeson (Warner, pounds 5.99) In this heavily ghosted memoir, Leeson reveals why he was keen to avoid incarceration in Singapore. He had been in a Singapore nick before, arrested for mooning. He switches between family knees-ups and muck sweat at the looming black hole: "Since February I'd absorbed (ie "lost") pounds 300m of funding."
Hilaire Belloc by AN Wilson (Mandarin, pounds 9.99) Wilson offers a sprightly life of the prolific author. Like most radical satirists, Belloc ended up as a crusty right-winger. Noisy and amusing, he held that civilisation depended on property-owning Catholicism. Equally eccentric was his technique with champagne corks: "Cut off flush with the bottle. Then pull out as an ordinary cork." Oddly, Belloc's Cautionary Tales, his only work still read, is allocated less than one page.