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01 Dec 1998 Ian McEwan - awarded Booker Prize for his novel Amsterdam, published 1 Dec. He was also awarded a CBE in 2000.
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  1. After Anna by Alex Lake
  2. The Story of a Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas
  3. Cross Justice by James Patterson
  4. The One Pot Cook by Hattie Ellis
  5. Hidden by Emma Kavanagh
  6. Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
  7. A Fair Maiden: A Dark Novel of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates
  8. Deirdre A Life on Coronation Street by Glenda Young
  9. The New World by Sir Andrew Motion
  10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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