P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2103:10    1/10            ..NEWS...NEWS...NEWS...NEWS..NEWS...... GRAHAM GOOCH has revealed just what it takes to become one of the best cricketers in the world in a biography by Ivo Tennant. From Essex man to England captain, Gooch's story should keep cricket fans hooked. (Witherby £15.99). If you're approaching the Big 50 and wondering how to keep the ravages of time to manageable proportions, then Fit To Be 50 could be right up your street. (Chapmans, £6.99). more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 INFORMATION ON COURSES Pg 671 (C4) Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:03    2/10            NEWS..NEWS..NEWS..NEWS...NEWS...NEWS.. COMING YOUR way this srllfr in paperback are a number of books that should leap into the bestseller charts. Scarlett, the 'follow up' to Gone With the Wind will be hitting the bookshops in July. Alexandra Ripley's novel about Rhett and Scarlett was a huge smash in hardback. Also a pretty safe bet to romp home is the omnibus reissue of bestselling author Dick Francis' first three racing thrillers. Dead Cert, Nerve and For Kicks will be out in July, retailing for £9.99. more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2110:00    3/10            NEWS..NEWS..NEWS...NEWS...NEWS..NEWS... MAUS 11, the follow up to Maus, by cartoonist Art Spiegelman, is now available. It's a comic strip account of how a Jewish family, having survived the Holocaust in Europe, make a new life for themselves in the States. £8.99, Penguin. Recommended. Also new in Penguin paperback is Spider, the latest from the pen of horror writer Patrick McGrath. £5.99. The highly rated American author Michael Chabon's collection of short stories, A Model World is available in paperback. Sceptre, £4.99. more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:00    4/10            TOUJOURS PROVENCE by Peter Mayle What a love-hate relationship M Mayle must have with his French neighbours. He's shattered their peace by bringing in coach-loads of Mayle-groupies - but on the other hand, think of the lovely lucre (the French do) that must rub off them onto the local economy! Presumably M Mayle was not expecting the huge success of his fist volume - or he'd have left a little more material for the follow-up. It's a collection of rather thin anecdotes, stretched about as far as they'll go. Pan £5.99 Serena Hennessy more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:01    5/10            BIANCA by Robert Elegant The first in a series of novels, The Venetian Chronicles, portraying the lives and loves of the rich and powerful in Renaissance Italy. Lady Bianca Capella, a noblewoman of Venice is outlawed at the age of 17 but through her own endeavours becomes Grand Duchess of Tuscany and returns in triumph. Although highly romanticised, its basis in historical fact does provide some interesting glimpses of the splendours and hardships of the age. Caroline Hill Sinclair-Stevenson £15.95 more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:00    6/10            THE RUSSIAN GIRL by Kingsley Amis With his Booker Prize scoop for The Old Devils, Amis's career has witnessed something of a renaissance in recent years. His memoirs, published last year managed to upset lots of people, but that didn't do his sales any harm. This latest offering sees the writer at the peak of his form - it's a witty dissection of the closeted world of cosy academics, featuring the adulterous efforts of one in hot pursuit of a terrible Russian poet. It's a hoot for the most part, but just why are Amis's women so dastardly? Hutchinson £14.99 D Andrews more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2101:00    7/10            1963 FIVE HUNDRED DAYS by John Lawton Where were you in 1963? If you were not even a twinkle in your parents' eyes at the time, then you may feel a book focusing on that particular year is not relevant to you. Not so. Any period in time automatically becomes history, and Lawton's choice of 1963 as a key year in the swinging 60s works well, demonstrating that the year was a historical milestone in the contemporary annals of the UK. There was a lot going on. The Profumo scandal was waiting in the wings and Dr Who was on the box. An exciting period. Hodder & Stoughton £19.99 DA more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:10    8/10            THE GONNE-YEATS LETTERS ed by Anna MacBride White & A Norman Jeffares Intriguing compilation of the correspondence between the Nobel prize winning poet and the beautiful political activist Maud Gonne. The shy, retiring poet here bares his soul. Hutchinson £25.00 David Andrews DISORDERLY CONDUCT ed by M Mark A collection of short stories lifted from the American Voice Literary Supplement. It's an up-market collection of writers, although there are some lighter moments to be found. The inclusion of the late Angela Carter is a bonus. Serpent's Tail £8.99 DA more > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:05    9/10            TOP 10 FICTION PAPERBACK CHARTS 1 Heartbeat Danielle Steel 2 Sum Of All Fears Tom Clancy 3 My Beloved Son Catherine Cookson 4 Gridlock Ben Elton 5 Doomsday Conspiracy Sidney Sheldon 6 Silence Of The Lambs Thomas Harris 7 Eagle Has Flown Jack Higgins 8 Camomile Lawn Mary Wesley 9 Prince Of Tides Pat Conroy 10 Having It All Maeve Haran  continued > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide
P627 ORACLE 627 Sat25 Apr C4 2100:18    10/10            TOP 10 FICTION HARDBACK CHARTS 1 Dubious Legacy Mary Wesley 2 Kissing The Gunner's Ruth Rendell Daughter 3 Polo Jilly Cooper 4 Scarlett Alexandra Ripley 5 Needful Things Stephen King 6 The Feathermen Ranulph Fiennes 7 Rag Nymph Catherine Cookson 8 Hooded Crow Craig Thomas 9 Comeback Dick Francis 10 Sum Of All Fears Tom Clancy Charts courtesy of WH Smith start > Reviews Index 620 Letters 628 Letters Beat Box Your Money User Guide