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Fiction Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer is published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 12.99. Available now.

A collaboration between Picoult and her debut novelist daughter Samantha Van Leer, Between The Lines is an enchanting fairytale.

Separated into three parts: the story; the perspective of Delilah, a 15-year-old avid reader infatuated with her favourite book; and the adventures of Prince Oliver, a storybook character desperate to discover the real world.

When Delilah notices the illustrations within the pages seem to be changing, she thinks her eyes are deceiving her, until Prince Oliver takes a chance and tries to make contact - with magical results.

Malik, a New York-based journalist of Somali Book Reviews Interspersed with beautifully drawn illustrations, the novel is an original and unique tale. Between The Lines will most definitely leave you hoping for a happily ever after.

Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah is published in hardback by Granta Books, priced pounds 16.99. Available now.

Like Links (2004) and Knots (2007), Crossbones is set in a violent era in Somalia's history - the civil war in 2006 which saw Ethiopia invade the country to help the Transitional Federal Government in its conflict against the Islamic Court Union.

Against this backdrop of political instability, two brothers arrive in the war-torn country on separate but interlinked pursuits.

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