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House Rules

By Jodi Picoult

Hodder Stoughton

ISBN: 978-0340979051

#163;16.99

Picoult's issue this year is Asperger's syndrome, specifically how the odd behaviour of a boy with the condition looks like guilt to police investigating a teacher's murder. The author puts her customarily thorough research to good use in what is a return to form after some relatively lacklustre recent offerings.

The Prince of Mist

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

WN

ISBN: 978-0297856429

#163;9.99

The first book from the Shadow of the Wind author - published in English at last - is an atmospheric thriller following a young hero as he explores his new house in the country. Described as a cross between Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, it proves young adult fiction can be as gripping as the adult version.

The Dukan Diet

By Dr Pierre Dukan

Hodder Stoughton

ISBN: 978-1444710328

#163;12.99

Dr Dukan's prescription has bulged out of France to become this year's Atkins diet. It works on the principle of sticking to protein-rich foods, including the dubious-sounding "protein Thursdays". But with the good doctor's clinical experience behind it, it perhaps carries more weight than some of its predecessors.

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