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Sunday 4 December 2016

Novel lost in back of Dublin taxi finally hits bookshelves - and gets seal of approval from Cecilia Ahern

Author kate Kerrigan
Author kate Kerrigan

A novel once lost in the back of a Dublin taxi has finally made it onto bookshelves.

Author Kate Kerrigan has just published The Dress after launching a frantic social media search to find the only copy of it when she lost it in the capital.

With help from her writer pals and some Irish celebs, Ms Kerrigan managed to track down her laptop and her files, which she hadn't backed up.

"It's amazing to have it done and out there in the world," she told the Herald.

"It's been a very lucky book for me so I hope that luck continues. I did so many re-writes on it I probably could have started again, but it was such a relief to get it back," she said.

The book, which centres on a tale of the most beautiful dress ever made, has been given the stamp of approval by Ireland's leading female novelists. Cecelia Ahern and Marian Keyes have both given the book rave reviews.

"They really loved it, which is really fantastic," Kate said. "Mesmerising and moving. Just beautiful," the PS I love You author said of the book. Both Keyes and Ahern helped mount the social media campaign which led to their friend being reunited with her unpublished book.

Last May, Ms Kerrigan was travelling in a taxi from Heuston Station to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street when she left her laptop behind her.

"I don't think I would have been so lucky if I hadn't acted so quickly - and of course that lovely taxi driver who returned it," she revealed.

Driver Eddie Masterson (inset) came to the rescue with the unpublished novel.

The hardworking mum-of-two, whose real name is Morag Prunty, is already working on her next novel, also based on the world of fashion. The Dress will be launched in September.

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