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Steve Savage Publishers Ltd
CoverThe Magic of Words

Humorous and Serious

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
More Holy Wit
Uncommon Sense
isbn 9781904246411 rrp 6.95 paperback 160 pages

James A. Simpson has produced another great collection of stories and anecdotes that amuse, illuminate and lift the spirits. He has long been fascinated by language and the power of words. Dr Simpson has a real gift for picking stories that add something to life.

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.

'He has a great fund of stories. In fact, he has written several books of humorous tales and quotations ... The books are laugh-out-loud funny ... As well as finding amusing words, Jim Simpson addresses serious topics with compassion and insight.'
-- Ron Ferguson, Press and Journal

'He's up there with the Rev I.M. Jolly in the mirth-making stakes ... Like his previous books, this one is a delightful and thought-provoking blend of seriousness and humour.'
-- Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser

'His books always brighten the greyest of days ... an impish sense of humour ... tempered with an element of seriousness ... a welcome stocking-filler for the many fans of his writing and work.'
-- Life and Work

'Thought-provoking kernels are there in anecdote after anecdote ... Based on a wealth of stories, reading and research with a deft touch in the writing, this is a book which, once read, will be dipped into again and again.'
-- Northern Times

'There are plenty of amusing anecdotes ... He keeps you turning the pages, and stops while you still have the appetite for a few more. James Simpson fans will be very disappointed if their Christmas stocking doesn't contain a copy.'
-- Martin Brasier, The GoodBookStall