Saturday 18 November 2017

Happy ending: Author Kate Kerrigan has laptop containing only copy of new novel returned

Kate Kerrigan and Cecelia Ahern
Kate Kerrigan and Cecelia Ahern
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

AUTHOR Kate Kerrigan has been reunited with a lost laptop containing her unpublished new novel.

She tweeted about losing the laptop yesterday and appealing for its safe return.

The author had no other back-up copy of the new novel, which was completed.

She posted her delight at the news to Facebook: "I GOT MY #lostnovel BACK! Lovely Eddie Masterson a Dublin taxi man who is now #myhero. Elated, relieved - lesson learned re BACKING UP and now advocate of HAILO. The Taxi Magnet #Godisgood&soarePeople #happyontrainhome"

Friend Cecelia Ahern also tweeted the news this afternoon: "The lost novel has returned to its mama. Congratulations @katekerrigan & thanks to @nickybyrneoffic @djjennygreene & all. #KindnessIsMagic".

The Irish novelist and friend of fellow writer Cecelia Ahern has begun a social media campaign to help find the computer yesterday.

"With @Cecelia_Ahern, Dublin after leaving laptop with not backed-up novel in taxi. In bits. From #heuston to BT's at approx 1.10. #PleaseRT" she tweeted.

Cecelia Ahern immediately promoted the appeal on her Twitter page with the hashtag 'LostNovel'.

Irish Rail have responded to pleas on Twitter but confirmed that there was no "CCTV out where the taxis are".

Bestselling author Marian Keyes has also joined in with the tweet: "Can anyone help?! @katekerrigan left her laptop in Dublin taxi, Heuston to BTs trip. Her unbacked-up novel is on it! She's frantic!"

Mother-of-two Kate has described the taxi driver on Twitter as "a good looking Dub" in his thirties with "a shaved crop", possibly driving a grey Avensis.

"Checking CCTV at BT's now & praying!," the well known author posted.

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