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Marriage not clinches, dear reader

The British reading public's favourite ending is "dear reader, I married him", writes Ros Wynne-Jones.

The latest figures from bookshops reveal that Jane Austen is outselling Jilly Cooper. Dillon's bookshop in Gower Street, London, reports 53 copies of Ms Cooper's latest novel, Appassionata, have been sold since the book came out, but Austen's Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice have sold nearly 400 copies between them in recent weeks.