A BEWDLEY property investor has shared his journey to retiring in his thirties following a family tragedy in a new book.

Ian Halfpenny, aged 39, has launched his book, The Brant Effect, today (Thursday, September 5), which documents the lessons and legacy of his late step-father Gary Brant, showing readers a new way to live.

The property investor, who left Bewdley High school with two GCSEs and later dropped out of Kidderminster College, wants to inform people on how they can master money and follow lessons to find greater financial freedom.

The book charts Ian's journey from having £61.13 in his bank account, to owning a multi-million pound property portfolio in just 22 months.

Ian said: "I felt a duty to tell people how easy this can be. I needed to get the message out there.

"I want to see people live in financial freedom and live a dream life to them."

The entrepreneur became interested in property investment and was eventually able to "escape the rat-race," following the lessons of his stepfather who sadly died of cancer at 61.

"The tragic event in my life was the catalyst for writing the book. It made me think about life differently," Ian said.

"By sacrificing his career early in his 50s, Gary got to experience and make the most out of life.

"He showed me that there is a way to live life where you prioritise the things that really matter."

Ian hopes that his book will become a blueprint for other people in finding the path to living there dream life through property, or other channels.

He added: "The goal of the book is so someone can follow it to find their own freedom.

"Through education and a mentality shift, it can become easy."

Ian is also hosting a book launch party at St George's Hall on Friday, September 13 from 7pm to 9pm, and ten per cent of the all profits from the book will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity was chosen by Ian because of the "out of this world" care his step-father received from the support group.