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A fine first book, hopefully the first of many.
on 30 October 2012
Anyone who has spent any time at MAG (Motorcycle Action Group) rallies or read MAG's publication "The Road" will have encountered Fergus or read his meanderings. Conversations with the gentleman are often as surreal as his writings. At last he has published a book, hopefully one of many.
Fergus treads his way through life batting the googlies that life bowls him off into the long grass with a loud "Huzzah" like a latter-day WG Grace - in fact his hirsute visage bears a distinct resemblance, although Mr Grace probably never wore an open face helmet or rode a BMW. The "cover "of this book, if an electronic book can be regarded as having a cover shows his physical similarity - it is a shame that the book is currently available only as a download, as a hard copy of the publication on your coffee table would be an excellent tool for frightening small children into submission, or failing that could be hurled at them - at only around 160 pages it would be of appropriate size and mass for shock value without being heavy enough to cause permanent damage.
If you have enjoyed reading the Harry Potter stories, then this has no similarities other than a passing reference to Mr Potter and a highland backdrop to some of the action. To cut to the chase, this tale uses the vehicle of a trip to a Scottish bike rally and around Scotland with his mate Ron and Ron's biker dog, Rocket, to relate contemporary events and numerous recollections from throughout Fergus's technicolour life ranging from covert trouserless dog walking to an encounter with customs and excise relating to the import of plastic chickens (go on, you have to read the book now to work that one out!). How the Angus reference of the title comes about, I will leave other readers to find out.
From picking up the book (well, downloading it to my laptop), I found myself forced to read through non stop. On many occasions during this time my wife gave me a sharp "what are you giggling at like a girlie now ? look.
I am of the considered opinion anyone who sits with this book in front of them for any time without at some point laughing out loud must be illiterate or dead (or possibly both). Rumour has it that an anthology of Fergus's previous short articles are to follow. I for one look forward to this with great enthusiasm.
21/11/12 Looking at other reviews on this site today I saw the note that Fergus is no longer with us, a matter confirmed by the obituaries announcements in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph. Fergus was a top bloke who I know will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and we will sadly be deprived of further writings from him. A sad day indeed.