Au­thor Irene’s new book is labour of love

Writer show­cases Ruther­glen in her third page-turner

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Ruther­glen au­thor Irene Le­beter is cel­e­brat­ing the re­lease of her third novel – and the story is set in our own Royal Burgh.

The Clock Chimed Mid­night tells the fic­tional tale of a teenage girl who moves back to the town af­ter em­i­grat­ing to Aus­tralia in the 1950s.

Main char­ac­ter Eli­nor re­sents her home­sick mother for their de­ci­sion to re­turn but throws her­self into a new life and has many dif­fi­cul­ties to deal with over the years ahead.

Irene, 76, a Mel­rose Court res­i­dent, has used her ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences of the Burgh to pen a novel which in­ter­twines a young girl’s jour­ney with the his­tory of La­nark­shire.

And the in­clu­sion of some of Ruther­glen’s most iconic build­ings and ar­eas is one she feels will be of in­ter­est to Ru­glo­ni­ans.

Irene said: “It is a story that would ap­peal to peo­ple who fondly re­mem­ber the 50s and 60s, when the good folk of Ruther­glen were proud of re­sid­ing in Scot­land’s first Royal Burgh.

“Most of the book is set here, apart from a few chap­ters in Aus­tralia.

“I fea­ture Ruther­glen in all three of my books but in this one I have tried to weave a bit of the town’s his­tory through the di­a­logue.

“I’ve even used a pic­ture of the town hall on the front cover.”

Irene is heart­ened by the ini­tial re­ac­tion The Clock Chimed Mid­night and added: “I’ve had quite good feed­back from peo­ple who have al­ready read it and I’ve found peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who were born around the 40s and 50s, are en­joy­ing go­ing down mem­ory lane with all the old shops and churches, the li­brary and places of in­ter­est.”

Irene’s lat­est of­fer­ing, which fol­lows her nov­els Vina’s Quest and Mad­die, is al­ready sell­ing well on­line.

But when she is tak­ing a break from writ­ing fic­tion, Irene is still com­mit­ted to reg­u­larly con­tribut­ing to the High­lander mag­a­zine, a pub­li­ca­tion avail­able in North Amer­ica.

The re­tired sec­re­tary also picks up ideas from her walk­ing group, the Cam­bus Ram­blers, to help with her work.

She said: “I’ve very much en­joyed writ­ing this story. I’m also in­volved in two writ­ing groups and it’s great to get feed­back and con­struc­tive crit­i­cism.

“I do a lot of ar­ti­cles about Scot­tish her­itage for High­lander mag­a­zine which in­volves a lot of re­search. But with fic­tional writ­ing I love to use the imag­i­na­tion.

“I sold 500 of the first and sec­ond books, but I’m not out to make hun­dreds and thou­sands. I am happy to hear that the books have been well re­ceived and peo­ple en­joy them.

“I very much en­joyed writ­ing this one.”

Visit Ama­zon to pur­chase pa­per­back or Kin­dle ver­sions of The Clock Chimed, or al­ter­na­tively contact Irene on 0141 647 8635.

Write stuff Irene Le­beter had a great time writ­ing her new novel

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