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BRITNEY SPEARS and her mother LYNNE are set to pen a novel, due to hit bookshops early next year.

The book will reportedly tell the rags-riches story of a Southern teenager who beat the odds with her big, big singing voice. According to [url=],

, the book, ‘A Mother’s Birth’, will be published by Random House and should appear in May 2001.

It follows ‘Heart To Heart’, Britney’s autobiography, also co-written with her mother, which was published earlier this year.