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Cross Channel by Julian Barnes (Cape, pounds 13.99) Sexy, sweet and affectionate tales of life outre Manche.

Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday life by Marjorie Garber, (Hamish Hamilton, pounds 25) Bisexuality and its meanings.

Dear Dodie by Valerie Grove (Chatto, pounds 13.99) Entertaining biography of the live wire behind The One Hundred and One Dalmations.

Whisky Galore read by Stanley Baxter (BBC Radio Collection, pounds 7.99). Delicious Hebridean goings-on.