The Purple-Bellied Parrot, An account of his Life, times Adventures and Misadventures introducing sundry characters both Nefarious and Uproarious

Genre: Action Adventure, Children, General Fiction, Humour, Young Adult

For Fans Of

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Wallace and Gromit, Wind in the Willows, rollicking adventure novels

Book Summary

‘Strap yersel in. This’ll pure clear the clooters oot your bahookey flaps!’
Shug: wandering albatross. Abode: no fixed. Age: uncertain. Dependability: dubious.

Everyone needs a lift sometimes — to be transported away to another world. William Fagus’s The Purple-Bellied Parrot … does just that.
It tells of a creature trapped in the wrong life, and his adventures as he sets off to live the right life — his should-be life.

It begins in the sterile apartment of a city executive with unruly nasal hair, where the Purple-Bellied Parrot cannot even do the very thing he was born to do.
It ends on the shores of a distant land after an epic journey which tests his courage, his ingenuity and the bonds of friendship to the limit.

William Fagus has crafted a rollicking adventure interwoven with themes of friendship, loyalty and survival, but he does more than entertain. Accompanied by an array of unforgettable characters the reader soars above the human world and into the wild. But it is a wildness tainted by human hands.

‘Most folks can do most things if they’ve a mind … you just have to fight the Badhb* between your ears.’
Sar’nt Lofty N. Troggers

This book is for young people 11 to 100 years old.

*Mythical Irish creature that creates fear and confusion among its enemies (pronounced ‘Badub’)


From confirmed purchasers:

‘Fantastic ... it is rich, vivid, visionary, hilarious, dark and joyful.’

‘A beautiful, moving and funny book ... a story about the countless acts of love and encouragement from friends and strangers ... In this cynical world, that’s a treasure.’

‘A wonderful adventure. Fantastic characters.’

‘Best I can say is buy it and read it, read it with your kids, your grandkids, your grandma and grandpa ... a book about friendship, fortitude and finding a way home.’

‘I loved it and I did laugh out loud and I did cry!’

'So gripping and easy to read. A very funny and at times sad story that really gets you ... amongst the endless, ridiculous, funny and real characters you meet along the way. Watch out for the footnotes as they will have you creasing with laughter; an unexpected joy.’

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About the Author

The publicity-shy William Fagus lives in a remote location in an upturned fishing smack with his parrot Fausto and sundry antique musical instruments and carpentry tools. The redoubtable Mrs Lush, his cleaning lady and confidant, is his most frequent visitor. William Fagus's biography, of uncertain origin and dubious veracity, is available here:

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