A GRANDMOTHER from Inverclyde has shown she has the write stuff - after become a first-time author at the age of 76.

Senior citizen Dorothy Holliday is opening a whole new chapter in her life after putting her work into print to help two good causes.

She has published her first book - called Blast From the Past - in aid of two charities.

The book is based on her own life and times and it is already proving to be a real page-turner, with copies flying off the shelves.

Dorothy, who lives in Wemyss Bay with her husband Charlie, has based the new book on her own experiences and says it has fulfilled a childhood ambition.

She said: "I was born in 1942 in Glasgow during the war and the book is based on my life up to 1963."

Dorothy is supporting two charities close to her heart - Crohn's UK and a charity which supports children with the respiratory condition primary ciliary dyskinesia, or PCD.

She held a launch of the book at her daughter's house in Skelmorlie on Saturday with family and friends attending the bash.

Dorothy, a retired home help, has two children and two grandchildren and has already sold 100 copies of the book raising £1,000 for charity.

She said: "I always knew there was a book to write from the day I left school."

If anyone would like to buy a copy of the book they should call Dorothy on 520845.