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A selection of recent paperbacks

Non-fiction: Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore (Phoenix, £9.99) John Clare by Jonathan Bate (Picador, £9.99) The Affair of the Poisons by Anne Somerset (Phoenix, £8.99) The Diaries of A. L. Rowse edited by Richard 01lard (Penguin, £10.99) Nature Via Nurture by Matt Ridley, Harper Perennial, £8.88) A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Black Swan, £8.99) Twelve Cities by Roy Jenkins (Pan, £7.99) Always Unreliable by Clive James (Picador. £7.99) Janey and Me by Virginia Ironside (Harper Perennial, £7.99) Pierre Loti by Lesley Blanch (Tauris Parke Paperbacks, £12.99) Mussolini by Nicholas Farrell (Phoenix, £14.99) Heresies by John Gray (Granta, £8.99) Adventures of a Suburban Boy by John Boorman (Faber, £8.99) The Centre of the Bed by Joan Bakewell (Sceptre, £7.99) Martha Gellhorn by Caroline Moorehead (Vintage, £8.99) Nobody's Perfect by Anthony Lane (Picador, £9.99) Audubon's Elephant by Duff Hart-Davis (Phoenix, £8.99) Toast by Nigel Slater (Harper Perennial, £7.99)