Taking stock

Time magazine once referred to Peter Lynch, former manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund, as America's number one money manager. After his retirement in 1990, Mr Lynch wrote One Up on Wall Street, which revealed the philosophy that guided him and was bought by more than 600,000 investors.

He has now followed that up with Beating the Street (Simon & Schuster, $213) in which he expands upon the techniques he outlined in the first book and offers advice on devising a mutual fund strategy. The book is already number one on the US non-fiction lists.

Biographies are plentiful in paperback this week. My Father Laurence Olivier (Headline, $102) was written by Tarquin Olivier, the actor's son by his first wife Jill Esmond. A candid and tender portrait of a flawed genius.

Michael Feeny Callan's book The Untouchable Hero (Virgin, $72) looks at film star Sean Connery's rise to fame. Find out if the man some see as ''the sexiest man alive'' is really as tight-fisted as they say.

Patricia Cornwell's super-sleuth Dr Kay Scarpetta takes a serious approach to crime in All That Remains (Little Brown, $85), when she comes up against a serial killer. This is Ms Cornwell's third Scarpetta thriller: the second one, Body of Evidence, won wide recognition - and ridicule - when it was made into a bad film this year. The books are better.

The works of comic genius P. G. Wodehouse are given another lease of life with a new print run by Vintage, boasting beautiful watercolour cover illustrations by Mark Entwisle. These mannered farces are classics.