'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.