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paulmurdoch daily record

His new book - TALISMAN

is a story of determination, courage and family


James Peck stands alone on a hillside, staring at a massive,

three-toed footprint… and the

crushed animal within it.

He can’t help wondering if there is a link

between the print and the

recent unexplained

disappearance of his father.


Within hours James meets Mendel,

a wizard from another world – Denthan –

who is trapped in a body that is

not his own.

Soon they do a deal: James

will help Mendel

back to Denthan before disaster

befalls it; in return,


Mendel will help James search

for his father.

But Denthan is a dangerous place,

full of hideous beasts and monsters.

And it is about to be consumed

by a battle for

supremacy… and survival.


If James is to stand any

chance of saving Denthan – and

his family - he must

locate a powerful talisman.

Except that no-one knows

what it looks like. Certainly not James,

and not even Mendel.


So fast-paced that your heart will pound long after

you turn the final page.



"Parents have been SO positive about your visit and have let me know just how motivating and exciting the children found the experience. It was great to have them coming into school throughout the week and to hear such enthusiasm." - Head - Gartocharn Primary School.


'You certainly engaged the pupils and involved them in a positive and creative way. I hope this was the first of many visits with our festival.'  - Hester Beattie-Curricular Support and Development (Aberdeen Storytelling Festival)


The Scottish Parliament congratulates Scottish author Paul Murdoch aka Sam Wilding on his excellent work with children and young people across Scotland in delivering creative writing workshops and in supporting Asthma UK Scotland’s Alert to Asthma scheme, which helps schools ensure pupils with asthma live a healthy and active life.'  - THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT(S3M-6414 )'


"Thank you very much for your fantastic workshops for Primary 4,5,6 and 7. The children thoroughly enjoyed them. Every time I popped my head round the door they were hanging on your every word. They are still buzzing about you and your books today. It's great to direct children to books and literature." Yvonne Sharp - Head of Cardross Primary School


"The class were enthralled throughout the event. Enthusiasm was sparked and they were raving to write their own stories, which were very good."  Stoneywood Primary School, Aberdeen.


“Having attended a session with Sam, I can vouch for how enthralled the children were throughout. He really fired their imagination and the exercises he conducted were both educational and, more importantly, fun! And for us a charity, the message that having asthma need not be a barrier to living a full, healthy and adventurous lifestyle is one we are keen to promote at every opportunity.” Gordon Brown, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Asthma UK Scotland.


'The workshop was an excellent learning experience; the pupils were absolutely spellbound.'

S. Mowatt - Primary 7 Teacher, Ladyton Primary School, Alexandria


“Paul Murdoch, aka Sam Wilding, was absolutely brilliant, pupils and staff enthralled by him, big range too from P4 to S1 but he held attention of all of them the whole time. Loved the activity part of it too.” (80 pupils)  - Head`Librarian - Castlebay, Barra.


'Every pupil and teacher thoroughly enjoyed their workshop sessions. Thank you for inspiring the children.' - Natalie Dick - Morrison's Academy, Crieff.













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