Radio Activity by John Murray, Sunk Island, pounds 7.99. Distinctive and idiosyncratic comic novel that sends up the nuclear industry. Review by
D J Taylor, 11 December.
Georges Perec: A Life in Words by David Bellos, Harvill, pounds 35. Ample and generous biography of a remarkable French novelist, the games-playing author of Life A User's Manual. Review by Hugo Barnacle, 11 December.
The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee, Chatto & Windus, pounds 14.99. Big, entertaining, romantic novel that squeezes three cultures, three centuries and two continents into a neat whole. Interview by Marianne Brace,