A Christmas present to treasure from Alexander McCabe

Alexander McCabe brought some festive cheer to Oban last Friday, when appearing at WHSmith in Oban to sign copies of his book, The Christmas Present.

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Did you know that at the very moment you were born Mrs Claus allocated you an elf?

It’s true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa and Mrs Claus so they can decide what presents you can have from your list.

Yet there are some people who don’t believe in Santa. I know, it’s crazy! Once they stop believing in Santa, then their elf is banished from the North Pole and only allowed to return when they start believing in him again.

Gabriel the Elf is worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa is not real. He doesn’t want to be sent away from all his friends at the North Pole, but what can he do? There is only one thing he can do…

He must prove that Santa is real.

The Christmas Present is the creation of Alexander McCabe. Inspired by Ian Fleming’s reasons for writing Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, the Stirling-born author wanted to give his first son Gabriel, now five, a gift unique to him.

Last week McCabe arrived in Oban’s WHSmith to sign copies of his first children’s book, and spoke of his personal connections to the book.

‘A Christmas Present is a festive ‘feel good book’ that took me two weeks to write,’ he said.

‘However, I think it has always been in me and I have taken a lot of it from my ideas of Christmas as a young boy.

‘I wanted to give my own son something special, something that didn’t have great financial value but something to treasure regardless.

‘That is the message I wanted to get across within the book also.’

McCabe has had a varied career – he has taught English in China and Saudi Arabia and successfully combined undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Commercial Law with travelling extensively throughout Europe as a truck driver.

Successfully securing a PhD Scholarship in Law at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand resulted in the chance meeting that would forever change his life – meeting his Canadian wife, Marie.

Now settled back in Scotland, the couple have embraced and enjoyed a completely new experience – that of being parents. Their son, Gabriel, provided the inspiration for The Christmas Present, while McCabe’s next project King of the Gnomes, will be dedicated to their two-year-old, Noah.

Both Alexander and Marie hope that the books provide their children with just a sliver of the pride that they give them every single day.