Bargain of the week: Just you wait

The Lovely Bones/Lucky
Alice Sebold, £3.99 each, The Works (Broadmarsh)
You can buy the books that everybody is talking about, and cheap -- just providing you wait until they've all shut up. The Lovely Bones is a touching fantasia from the perspective of a murdered girl; it's one of those quiet, literary-looking novels that go on to sell in the hundreds of thousands, and are discussed by every book group in the land. And if your nearest book-group member no longer cares to discuss it, there's always Lucky, Sebold's steady-eyed memoir of the real trauma that inspired her bestseller.