By Jodi Picoult
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
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
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.