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Steve Savage Publishers Ltd
Cover More Holy Wit

James A. Simpson
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also by James A. Simpson:

At Our Age
A Funny Way of Being Serious
Holy Wit
Life, Love and Laughter
Laughter Lines
Uncommon Sense
isbn 9781904246404 rrp 5.95 paperback 128 pages

'Nothing gives a readier clue to a person's character than samples of what he regards as witty and worth a laugh,' writes Dr Simpson. 'That being so, this book will inevitably provide readers with an insight into my make-up. But more than that, it highlights some of those things that have greatly enriched my life -- my native land, my home town, my family, the church, books, golf, food ...'

This is a revised edition of the book first published in 1990. The royalties from this book will go to Cystic Fibrosis charities. Dr Simpson has already raised over 70,000 for charity from book sales and after-dinner speaking.


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.

'For anyone living in fear of making an after-dinner speech or seeking inspiration for a Burns night dinner or an annual sporting club dinner, look no further than this pocket-sized volume for a welter of delightful and humorous anecdotes ... this volume has been revised and updated, but the humour and stories are timeless and as fresh today as they were more than 20 years ago ... will not only be appreciated by those quaking in their boots at the thought of public speaking, but by anyone sorely in need of cheering up or laughter -- and this book will easily fulfil that role'
-- Lynne McNeil, Life and Work

'There are dozens if not hundreds of gems in More Holy Wit'
-- Sunday Post

'Dr Simpson is a man not only learned and humane, but one blessed with an irrepressible sense of humour. Absorb his humour and laugh.'
-- Rosamunde Pilcher

'Not only do Dr Simpson's compassionate and humorous books add to the coffers of an excellent charity, they lift the spirits of all who read them.'
-- Ron Ferguson, The Herald

'I am a great fan of Dr Simpson's writings.'
-- Lord Carey