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Writer retrieves laptop containing half-finished novel after blizzard in Shetland | television crime drama

Crime writer Ann Cleeves said her laptop was found two days after she lost it in a snowstorm in Shetland.
Tweeting an image of a badly deformed computer, she said it was found by a “skillful” young woman as she got off the school bus near where Cleeves had been. She said it was clearly crushed, so “it wasn’t very useful”, but she was “happy to know it was safe”. Many social media users have responded that the contents of the hard drive are recoverable.

The yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office for the area has been in place throughout the week and is expected to remain in effect until Friday morning. Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program before the laptop was found, Cleeves said it was “probably under a foot of snow anywhere”. Describing how it was lost, she said she worked at a library in Lerwick and walked ‘in a blizzard’ to a meeting at a nearby art center, while also saying added that when she was inside, the weather was “getting worse”.

In a first tweet on Tuesday, Cleeves offered a reward for returning the laptop and said it contained an unfinished novel, though she later added that she sent give yourself a copy of the book by e-mail a few days before. Cleeves is the author of more than 30 novels, some of which are the basis for the BBC series Shetland, set on the islands. The ITV series Vera, the 12th series to air next year, and The Long Call, which premieres in 2021, are also adaptations of her novels. Shetland has suffered from sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall in recent days, leaving thousands of homes without power.

“I needed to get home early and I thought I must have left my laptop there or it fell out of my pocket as I struggled with the wind and snow to get to the library at the art center,” she said to speak. She added that people have been “incredibly nice” since she first tweeted about the laptop and “received a response from all over Lerwick”. On Wednesday, she said in a tweet that it would be “no big deal” if the laptop wasn’t found with all that was going on on the islands. “The people of Shetland have assembled brilliantly to clear the way and bring workers home,” she said.

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