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How To Breathe Underwater,by Julie Orringer (pounds 10.99,Penguin)THIS book has already received rave reviews from American papers the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe. Now you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

A collection of short stories, the author writes about the highs and lows of growing up.

Tales include Isabel Fish, which tells the story of a family's grief,Note To Sixth-GradeSelf,in which a young girl just tries to get through school and its humiliations, while Care follows a young woman through her day as she attempts to supervise her niece while on the verge of either breaking down or taking the drugs that line her pocket.

Each story makes fantastic reading. This author is definitely one to watch out for.

The ECHO has three copies of How To Breathe Underwater to give away to the first three correct entries pulled out of the hat.

Simply answer the following question: Who is the author of How to Breathe Underwater?

All entries to be sent to Rachael Tinniswood, c/o Liverpool ECHO,Old Hall Street,Liverpool L69 3EB.

Emma's Secret,by Barbara Taylor Bradford (pounds 6.99,HarperCollins) THOSE who were enthralled by A Woman Of Substance will be delighted to see the return of the legendary Emma Harte, whose spirit returns in Emma's Secret.

The latest offering from Barbara Taylor Bradford sees Paula O'Neill,Emma's beloved granddaughter, struggle to keep a hold on the business empire Emma left to her.

But that's not all she has to worry about, when suddenly Evan Hughes, a young American fashion designer, turns up -her grandmother's wish was that Evan finds her.

Troubled by Evan's presence and her resemblance to the family,Paula turns to Emma's wartimediaries. …