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04 Oct Novelist Anne Rice was born 1941, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire (1976) didn't sell well at first. But it became a cult classic and the first volume in Rice's incredibly popular Vampire Chronicles.
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  3. Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
  4. Muse by Jonathan Galassi
  5. Black by Design: A 2-tone Memoir by Pauline Black
  6. You Can't Say That : Memoirs by Ken Livingstone
  7. Even My Ears are Smiling by Michael Rosen
  8. The Faithless by Martina Cole
  9. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  10. Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
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