He’s done it again. And in time for Christmas too!

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Ex-Birmingham Post business editor John Duckers has just published his third children’s story book – and among the first to have the opportunity of buying “Santa’s Story Sack” will be those attending Birmingham Press Club’s annual Christmas lunch on 14 December.

John says his latest creation is “the definitive compilation of short stories to get the kiddies excited for the big day.” He said: “Featuring a cast of adventurous kids and devoted animals who enjoy festive frolics to excite and delight, it contains wondrous moments of fun and laughter alongside mystery, suspense and really scary bits.”

So you can all read about Big Bad Al, the alligator who snaps into action to ensure kids around the world get their presents in time, the daring duo who catch up with toy thieves Gobber and Smudger, plus the frantic search for Coco the Clown.

Exciting, or what?  “There’s something for everyone who loves surprises,” said John.

“Santa’s Story Sack” is published by Grosvenor House Publishing and available through Amazon and most main bookshops, priced £7.99. And it varies from John’s previous works, as this one is a collection of ten different short stories with Christmas as the backdrop.

“Some of the short stories were written years ago, some are entirely new, and I thought it would be fun to pull them all together in book form. Hopefully people will like them – I certainly enjoyed dreaming them up,” added John. He said: “For me, book-writing is more a hobby than a money-earner. The first raised significant sums for charities Cure Leukaemia and Symphony Hall. The latest one is not specifically committed but depending on the circumstances the intention is to gift £1 a book.”

John, who is happy to do readings for local schools, started his career on The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, a major regional daily across the north of Scotland.

If you are local to Birmingham then there is a discount for collecting the book in person. Or for bulk purchases, John will endeavour to deliver.

“Santa’s Story Sack” follows on from The Amazing Adventures of the Silly Six and The Crazy Adventures of the Silly Six.  But parents had better make sure they don’t buy John’s proposed next offering. He’s promising a “steamy” novel.

  • To reserve a place at the Press Club’s Christmas lunch, to be held at Birmingham Hippodrome on 14 December, please email fred.bromwich@btinternet.com