A LOCAL author is celebrating the publication of his 21st book.

Gourock man Alan Morrison uses the winning combination of humour and nostalgia in his writing career, which dates back some 20 years.

His latest offering - Haud That Bus - follows the unlikely friendship of bus pass pals Barbara and Molly and their free travel adventures around Scotland - and it includes stops in Inverclyde.

Alan, 76, said: "The ladies meet at the Wincher's Stance at Buchanan Bus Station.

"One lady Barbara is from Bearsden and is very gentile and the other Molly is from Glasgow and a bit zany.

"They bump into each other and an unlikely friendship develops and they go round Scotland on the buses.

"In the first chapter they are going to Dunoon so they travel through Port Glasgow and Greenock to the ferry in Gourock."

Alan, a former personnel manager with IBM, lives at Levan Point with his wife Lorna and they have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.

He said: "I like researching the books.

"Research is the best of the bunch and putting the books together.

"You never know whether it's going to be successful until it's out in the public domain.

"I've has some really great sales and some not as good."

He says his new book is inspired by the new 'bus pass generation'.

He said: "There are 1.3 million bus pass users in Scotland.

"I think attitudes are getting younger, people are doing things their grannies wouldn't have done.

"These ladies are a pair of comedians but they do seem to mix well together.

"It is also a love story, they are keeping their eyes out for single men on the buses."

* The book is published by Luath Press Ltd and is available at Waterstones, Amazon and most book shops.