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 🙂


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…

The season was changing very quickly now: the days were cool and misty and the nights were rapidly drawing in, but when the sun managed to shine it still felt pleasantly warm in a sheltered spot.

So Algy lay back among the long waving grasses, high on the hill,  and admired the way the seedheads caught the light, and the vast expanse of landscape and sky all around him. He was thinking about his new children’s book, which was now in preparation: part of the story took place very near this spot, but in the chilly depths of winter. Reclining in the golden sunshine of an early autumn afternoon, it was difficult to remember the harsh winter conditions on the moor, but he had a nasty feeling that it wouldn’t be very long before his memory would be refreshed…

*** Free Kindle e-books this SUNDAY, 7th August ***

Algy’s assistant is doing a book signing event at a local lighthouse visitor centre on Sunday 7th August, and so – for the benefit of all his friends who live too far away to attend – Algy is offering both his books FREE in Kindle e-book format all day SUNDAY, until midnight American Pacific standard time.

This is likely to be the last time that Algy’s first two books are offered free, so don’t miss it!

This is also the best way to get a free print copy of Algy’s forthcoming third book, which is due to be published shortly before Christmas 2016. Just post an honest, personal review on Amazon – of either of Algy’s first two books – between now and November, and Algy will send you a free, signed, print copy of his new book when it’s published… providing you let him know about your review, of course, or he won’t know where to send your book! Just a few lines is all that’s needed 🙂

As well as helping other readers make informed decisions about which books to buy, reviews make a critical difference to the visibility of books on Amazon, so they are extremely important to Algy, because it’s not easy for stories about a wee fluffy bird on the wild west coast of Scotland to get noticed among the millions of books that are published all round the world…

These links should take you straight to Algy’s two books on your local Amazon site:

Amazon UK

Amazon Gemany

Amazon France

Amazon Italy

Amazon Spain

Amazon Japan

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

The free download offer starts just after midnight on SUNDAY morning, 7th August, and ends at midnight on Sunday evening – Pacific Standard Time.

p.s. You don’t need a Kindle device to read a Kindle book – Amazon provide free Kindle reading apps for most systems.

Please share and enjoy!

Algy is busy signing copies of his books this weekend, as he is running a special promotion in his own web bookshop.

***25% OFF RRP for ALL SIGNED BOOKS until midnight Tuesday 14th May ***

Get a unique signed copy of one of Algy’s books at a discounted price, with a personal dedication in your own words for a child, friend or special occasion. Signed copies are only available from Algy’s own shop:

Algy’s Bookshop

The Tales from the Adventures of Algy books are suitable for all ages from approx. 6 years old to 88 (the oldest known reader to date) and are full of the amazing sights, sounds and wildlife of the wild west Highlands of Scotland, with colour illustrations at the head of each chapter.

Shipping is available to most countries of the world, and is charged at cost. Payment via PayPal.

Below the great oak tree was Algy’s favourite woodland pool, where he had first met the robin in his adventure The Tree with a Golden Heart. A woodland burn tumbled down the hillside through the trees, and at this point it splashed into a small shaded pool beneath the great oak tree before it continued its journey down into the quiet loch. Algy loved to perch on the large mossy stone at the edge of the burn and watch the wee waterfall and the ripples that travelled across the shallow pool, which was also an excellent place for a fluffy bird to bathe…




Algy and his friends were amazed by the glow from the Kindle version of Algy’s  book The Tree with a Golden Heart, and he hopes that you will be too 🙂

To celebrate his 4th Tumblr birthday, Algy is offering the Kindle version of his latest story book  The Tree with a Golden Heart  FREE TO DOWNLOAD from any Amazon site, all day on Sunday 13th March 2016…


for one week from Sunday 13th March through Sunday 20th March!

That’s right – Algy is offering signed copies of paperback and hardback editions of
The Tree with a Golden Heart and his first book A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird at 25% off the retail price, and you can
choose your own personal dedication. Buy direct from the fluffy bird
himself 🙂


The Kindle book can be read on almost any computer or mobile device using a free
app from Amazon. Here are the direct links to the Kindle book:

Amazon UK

Amazon Germany

Amazon France

Amazon Italy

Amazon Spain

Amazon Netherlands

Amazon Japan

Amazon USA

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

The Kindle book offer will close at approximately midnight PST on Sunday 13th March, but Amazon control the exact time that it ends.

Don’t forget – “The Tree with a Golden Heart” Kindle book is free to download all day today!

Full details above. This is for everybody – please share with your friends on and off Tumblr, especially if they have children in their families in the age range 6 to 10 years old 🙂