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Highland author's debut novel hits the shelves


By Louise Glen

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Liz Syred has had her first book 'Popping In' published.
Liz Syred has had her first book 'Popping In' published.

A retired community worker from Kirkhill has just had her first novel published.

Based on her experiences of work at an Inverness carers drop-in centre, first-time author Liz Syred said it was the chance reading of an advert that led to her writing Popping In.

Mrs Syred (61) was in her GP surgery when she picked up a copy of Reader’s Digest and saw an advert for budding writers.

She said: “Years ago I told my husband that I would write a book, but I had never quite got round to it.”

Mrs Syred, who also runs the popular over-60s lunch club held in Inverness’s Royal Highland Hotel, said: “The book is based in Inverness and is about a carers drop-in centre. I have loosely based the book on the amazing people that I met when I worked at Connecting Carers in Inverness.

“It was much harder than I initially thought.”

The book is available from Olympia Publishers, Amazon or Waterstone’s, with a percentage of the sales going to Connecting Carers for their Wee Treat fund.

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