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Steve Savage Publishers Ltd
CoverLife, Love and Laughter

Vintage Wit and Wisdom

James A Simpson
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also by James A. Simpson:

At Our Age
A Funny Way of Being Serious
Holy Wit
Laughter Lines
The Magic of Words
More Holy Wit
Uncommon Sense
isbn 9781904246046 rrp 5.99 paperback 128 pages

Number 2 Scottish bestseller

With Life, Love & Laughter, James A. Simpson, the well-known Scottish author, has come up with his best book yet, an inspiring collection of stories and anecdotes that sometimes exercise the chuckle muscles, often offer illumination, and always lift the spirits.

The royalties from Life, Love & Laughter are being donated for research into Cystic Fibrosis. 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.

'James Simpson's latest book is a distillation of his thoughts and stories, serious and humorous, over many years. It illustrates why as a minister and as Moderator of the Church of Scotland, he was in such demand as a speaker. Life, Love and Laughter is a MUST for all who wish to communicate effectively. I am a great fan of Dr Simpson's writings.'
-- Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury

'An inspiring and often amusing collection of short pieces.'
-- The Scots Magazine

'Dr Simpson's latest book Life, Love and Laughter has been hailed as a worthy successor to his best sellers, Holy Wit, Laughter Lines, The Laugh Shall Be First and All about Christmas. The latest offering has already been highly acclaimed'
-- Cystic Fibrosis magazine

'Life, Love and Laughter is packed with anecdotes ... the Very Rev Dr J.A.Simpson has found the way to lift the spirits with real laughter.'
-- Cameron Simpson, The Herald

'The latest book is a compendium of wit and wisdom, a mixture of humorous stories and insights drawn from his pastoral experience. ... l'm not suggesting that religion isn't about serious matters. It is. But it is for that very reason that a leavening of humour does no harm at all.'
-- Ron Ferguson, Aberdeen Press and Journal

'This compilation of humorous incidents and anecdotes includes much food for thought.'
-- Northern Times

'The Church desperately needs fun people like Dr Simpson.'
-- Edinburgh Evening News

'This is a good stocking filler for those who like jokes and anecdotes with a Christian flavour.'
-- Baptist Times

'Whatever other book you go without this Christmas, don't miss out on the Rev James Simpson's Life, Love and Laughter.'
-- Bill Paterson, John O'Groat Journal

'His latest book of hilarious stories ... is full of cracking anecdotes.'
-- Kathryn Mainds, Sunday Post

'James Simpson laughs aloud, and cracks jokes about his time in the ministry ... [Life, Love and Laughter] concerns stories from "40 years in the ministry", says the former Moderator of the Kirk's General Assembly and one of Scotland's best-loved religious figures. ... Humour is never far from this snowy-haired gentleman.'
-- Norman Watson, The Courier and Advertiser