AN author from Sedbergh has released a book about an astonishing discovery she made about her family background.

Two years ago, Eliza Harrison discovered her real father was Lord Boothby – a well-known public figure associated with scandal and government cover-up in the 1960s.

Eliza, also a spiritual guide and photographer, released her third book 'In Search of Truth' on Sunday, May 28, which chronicles how she uncovered the extraordinary facts, including meeting Ronnie Kray, an associate of Lord Boothby, on two occasions.

She will be holding a launch event for the book at Kendal's Factory Tap on Thursday, June 1 at 6pm.

Raised among the Cambridge intellectual elite with a distant father and authoritarian mother, Eliza grows up feeling inadequate and alone.

But her parents' friends offer support – notably Lord Bob Boothby and the Rothschild family. 

In a bid to find love, she marries a charismatic young actor, but when he lands the starring role in a Fellini film, his focus turns elsewhere.

As feelings of rejection set in, Eliza looks inward for answers, her spiritual search begins and she escapes to the Yorkshire Dales and pours her energy into writing, photography, and teaching meditation.

As shadows from the past recede, her horizons expand, and Eliza perceives a series of betrayals among her parents’ friends that lead her to question her own paternity.

Determined to uncover the truth, she begins unravelling a tangled web of secrecy and scandal that touches her own family and extends to the highest levels of government.

In Search of Truth is available on Amazon and in bookshops for £12.99 in paperback.