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Steve Savage Publishers Ltd
CoverHoly Wit

James A Simpson

illustrated by Turnbull
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also by James A. Simpson:

At Our Age
A Funny Way of Being Serious
Life, Love and Laughter
Laughter Lines
The Magic of Words
More Holy Wit
Uncommon Sense
isbn 9781904246022 rrp 4.99 paperback illustrated 80 pages

This great collection of anecdotes collected from the clergy at home and abroad hit the Scottish bestsellers list when first published. There is many a good laugh here and hopefully no irreverence.

The royalties from this book go to Cystic Fibrosis charities. From his books and speaking engagements, Dr Simpson has raised over 70,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research and support.


For 21 years Dr James A. Simpson was minister of Dornoch Cathedral in the Scottish Highlands. During his time there he not only served as captain of the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, but wrote many books, some of which, like Holy Wit and Life, Love and Laughter, topped Scottish bestseller charts. Dr Simpson is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, at home and abroad. He is also much in demand as an after-dinner speaker.

In 1992 he was appointed chaplain to the Queen in Scotland. Two years later he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Dr Simpson has long believed that in any lecture, discussion or debate a little comic relief does no harm, no matter how serious the topic may be.

'This delightful wee volume is a truly ecumenical look at humour in Christian life, as seen by ministers and priests, some of them household names'
-- Catholic Herald

'If you feel like a smile, Holy Wit gives you eighty pages of them'
-- War Cry

'A really happy little book'
-- Northern Times