Christmas Reading…


It was the first day of December, and the hours of daylight had grown very short indeed. Each new day dawned more slowly and reluctantly than the previous one now, but as soon as there was sufficient light Algy found himself a comfortable perch in a pine tree and settled down to read his very own Christmas-time story The Magical Midwinter Star to his little black teddy. The tiny bear was thrilled to hear the tale of Algy’s adventures through the harsh midwinter landscape of the West Highlands of Scotland, and he wondered whether Algy would indeed succeed in restoring the ancient tradition of a great midwinter celebration for all the creatures of the area, to bright light and joy back to the dismal depths of the dark and gloomy Scottish winter…

This third story in the series Tales from the Adventures of Algy makes perfect reading for the weeks leading up to Christmas – for children aged 7 to 10 and adults still young at heart. You can buy copies of The Magical Midwinter Star signed by Algy himself, direct from Algy’s own web shop, and add personal dedications in your own words. With FREE UK DELIVERY from now until Hogmanay.

Visit Algy’s own online bookshop to buy The Magical Midwinter Star and Algy’s other books – unique gifts and stocking fillers from the wild West Highlands of Scotland 🙂

Jenny Chapman, Goodreads Author

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Algy is delighted to announce that his assistant has finally got round to creating an official “Goodreads Author” profile. (Note: Goodreads are currently attributing some titles to her which she did not write, but this should be sorted soon).

So if you use Goodreads, please do connect with her there:

And a wee reminder to those friends who downloaded the free Kindle version of “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” last weekend… a line or two of review, either on Amazon or on Goodreads, would be very much appreciated.  Reviews help Algy’s books find more readers, and help potential readers understand more about what kind of books they are. Thank you 🙂

Free Kindle Ebook: Sunday 1st October



Algy had a wonderful surprise this week. An enormous truck, which entirely blocked the tiny single-track road outside his assistant’s house, brought him an unusually large delivery…

Algy was astonished. With some difficulty he tore the clingy outer wrapping apart with his beak and then opened one of the many cardboard boxes inside. It was full of lovely new copies of his book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird”. Algy sniffed the book eagerly; it had a special, sweet sort of smell that was quite unlike the previous paperback copies he had seen. Puzzled, he asked his assistant to explain, and she told him that these books had been printed on an offset litho press, by a printing company who had been making books for fluffy birds and other customers since the 19th century 🙂

To celebrate this lovely new offset litho print run of his book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird”, Algy has made the KINDLE EBOOK edition of this book FREE FOR EVERYONE on SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017.

Ideal for young readers aged 7 to 10, for reading aloud to the wee ones, and for all adults who love Algy or who remain young at heart 🙂

Friends who have already downloaded this book may wish to do so again as it now has a glossary of Scottish and Gaelic names and words, as well as some minor revisions to the text.

Here are some links that go direct to the Kindle book on some of the main Amazon sites (Algy was not able to access the Kindle book on some overseas sites as he is based in the UK.)


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If your country is not listed above, please go to your local Amazon site and search for “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” in Kindle books. You do not need a Kindle device to read Kindle ebooks – there are free Kindle reading apps available from Amazon for most computers and devices.

And if you would like a lovely new offset litho paperback copy of “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird”, signed by Algy and/or his assistant Jenny, you can buy one direct from Algy’s own web site or from the An Sithean Press web site – and fluffy bird mail can be delivered to almost any country of the world 🙂

Algy knows that some of his wonderful Tumblr friends like to collect signed hardback copies of his books :))))

So Algy has a SPECIAL OFFER for you, to celebrate the launch of his new book The Magical Midwinter Star.

Starting today, ALL hardback editions of Algy’s books are offered at a reduced price at Algy’s own web shop – until the end of January 2017. You can add a custom dedication in your own words 🙂

The hardback edition of The Magical Midwinter Star is available at £9.99 (plus postage at cost) reduced from £12.99, and Algy’s other hardback titles are also reduced by more than 25%.

Don’t forget that the Kindle ebook edition is FREE to download today 1st January 2017 and tomorrow 2nd January, so you can check the book out 🙂 This will be the final free download offer for The Magical Midwinter Star. Links to all the relevant Amazon pages can be found in Algy’s previous post.

The hardback editions of Algy’s books are bound in dark blue cloth, with title and author stamped in gold on the spine, and a matte full colour dust jacket as shown in the photo. The interior has a full colour illustration at the head of each chapter. Paperback editions are also available at the normal prices, and books can be shipped to almost any country in the world 🙂


The Kindle edition of Algy’s new book, The Magical Midwinter Star, is FREE to download for everyone today – don’t miss it! Kindle books can be read on almost any device or computer.

And if you think a beautiful printed copy of the book would just fit into someone’s Christmas stocking, you can buy signed copies direct from Algy’s own web shop. Gift wrapping service with special gift card now available 🙂 Delivery to UK addresses is FREE until Christmas, by 1st class post.

Algy regrets that he has to charge overseas delivery costs for purchases from his web shop, and sadly the book is not likely to reach overseas friends before Christmas. If you live in the USA, you can order the paperback and hardback editions from Amazon in time for Christmas.

Any questions? Just ask 🙂

Here are the direct links to download the Kindle version:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Amazon in Japan

Amazon in Germany

Amazon in France

Amazon in Spain

Amazon in Italy

Amazon in the Netherlands

Amazon in Canada

Amazon in Australia

Amazon in Brazil

Amazon in Mexico

Amazon in India


Algy’s new book has just been published and is an ideal Christmas stocking filler 🙂

You can read all about it, and also read a preview, on Algy’s own web site.

So if you would like to buy a copy to give someone for Christmas, please read the notes for your geographical area carefully. Thank you 🙂

Kindle version coming soon…



Signed paperbacks – Algy is expecting to be able to send signed paperback copies out early next week by 1st class post, and they should reach you in time for Christmas, but this cannot be absolutely guaranteed. Please buy from Algy’s own web shop before 20th December. Postage is FREE.

Unsigned paperbacks – Algy can also send you unsigned paperbacks, to the same delivery schedule, and this is likely to be the fastest option – please buy from Algy’s web shop before 20th December (postage is FREE). You can also order from Amazon UK, although they do not yet hold stock. It is likely, but not certain, that they will supply the book before Christmas.

If you are lucky enough to live in Cornwall or be visiting that area, Gallery Anthony in Mullion will be the first retailer to hold stock of the book. They should have it for sale from this weekend.

Hardbacks – Algy is not yet sure which day he will receive stock of the hardback edition (cloth bound with dust jacket). It is just possible that the hardbacks will reach him in time to send to UK addresses for Christmas. He will keep you posted 🙂 The hardback should be available to order from Amazon by the weekend. You can order a hardback from Algy’s own web shop now, with FREE postage, but he does not yet know when he will be able to despatch it.


Unsigned paperbacks and hardbacks – are now available to order from Amazon in the USA and should reach you in time for Christmas if you buy quickly and select a fast shipping option.

Signed paperbacks and hardbacks – may be ordered from Algy’s own web shop but will NOT reach you in time for Christmas. Sorry!


Unsigned paperbacks and hardbacksare now available to order from Amazon’s European web sites, but Algy guesses that the books may NOT arrive in time for Christmas. You can also order from The Book Depository in the UK and get FREE international postage.

Signed paperbacks and hardbacks – may be ordered from Algy’s own web shop but will NOT reach you in time for Christmas. Sorry!


Unsigned paperbacks and hardbacksare now available to order from Amazon’s European web sites, but the books will NOT arrive in time for Christmas. You can also order from The Book Depository in the UK and get FREE international postage.

Signed paperbacks and hardbacks – may be ordered from Algy’s own web shop but will NOT reach you in time for Christmas. Sorry!


This is a special draft preview of the cover of Algy’s forthcoming book – the third in the series of illustrated children’s chapter books Tales from the Adventures of Algy – due to be published at the beginning of December 2016.

*** REVIEW REMINDER *** Write an honest, personal review on Amazon or Goodreads before the end of October – of EITHER ONE of Algy’s first two books – and Algy will send you a free, signed review copy of his new book (paperback) when it’s published!

A review doesn’t have to be long or complicated – just a couple of lines of your honest opinion, to help other readers decide whether they would enjoy the book. Algy knows that quite a few of you have downloaded the Kindle versions of his books, and some of you have the paperbacks too. He would be so grateful if you could spare a few moments to review one of his books – it really does help 🙂

Be sure to let Algy know the address to send the new book to, if he does not already know it or may not recognise the name you use as a reviewer.

Algy and his assistant are working very hard to get The Magical Midwinter Star out in time for Christmas and the winter holidays 🙂 Watch this space for further information…