The Lanarkshire author celebrates the publication of his fifth novel

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A Rutherglen author celebrates the publication of her new novel.

Irene Lebeter published the book, titled Ginger, to positive reviews last month.

It tells the story of a man called Ginger who is transported to a penal colony in Van Diemen’s Land (present-day Tasmania) for a minor offense committed in Scotland.



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He is determined to escape and plans to flee the mainland and seek revenge on his enemy.

The 80-year-old author finished the book after spending about two years researching and writing it.

She told Lanarkshire Live: “The inspiration for the book came from a friend of mine from Australia. She wrote a book about her ancestors who were transported to Tasmania in the 1820s.

“She researched it all and wrote it down, then put it in the archives that deal with history and settlements for people to read.

“It made me think about the lines and launched me into the story. I didn’t know where it was going, but it just seemed to grow from there.

“I searched a lot because I wanted it to be as authentic as possible.

“The main difference between this book and my others is that my main character is a man this time.”

Irene hopes to hold a book signing at the local library for her fans soon.

All of Irene’s books are currently available in print and Kindle via Amazon.

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