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About the author: Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy.

Pincher Martin & Mike Dineen

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met whilst serving in the Royal Navy. Pincher Martin left school at the age of 15 in 1984, with no qualifications and joined the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman.  Over a varied and challenging career, he completed a number of academic qualifications, was commissioned as an Officer and worked his way up to the rank of Commander. Mike Dineen is of similar vintage (but younger) and joined the Royal Navy as an Officer after completing a degree at St Andrews University. He too worked his way up to the rank of Commander and met Pincher when they served together in HMS Exeter.  They quickly recognised that they both shared the same rather off-beat sense of humour and have worked closely together in a number of jobs over the last twelve years. Their collaboration in producing written briefs for work, and the amount of enjoyment they had working together, made them realise that they made a good team and led to the discussions about collaborating in writing for a wider audience than the Royal Navy. Pincher is the imagination and ideas man, whilst Mike is the language specialist, who understands grammar, feet, meter and iambic pentameter and is therefore able to translate the England of ‘Pincher-World’ into both rhyme and prose. As a team, they both share a passion for writing and a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.

Both Pinch and Mike are married and both mainly work away from home during the week, which provides time to write in the evenings but does mean that they are reliant on electronic communication to stay in touch with their families and each other. With Mike living in Yorkshire and working overseas and Pincher living in Plymouth having just returned from being overseas, they rarely see each other at the moment but manage this by playing ‘telephone message and facetime ping pong’ on a weekly basis, with Pincher claiming to be currently in the lead although Mike disputes this and is seeking a steward’s enquiry.

Both keen, if rather elderly, sportsmen and qualified life coaches, their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, grow up and continue their bickering as civilians, it will allow them to establish a second career in writing, ultimately enabling them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries and aid those children that may have not had the same opportunities that they have been fortunate enough to have.  They write under a pseudonym due to their partnership and inability to agree on who has the better name and have adopted the name ‘Fred Arthur’ from Pincher’s grandfather, who was a very inspirational figure in his life…Mike never met him!


Twenty Four Days Till Christmas.

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive?

Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days To Christmas is an advent calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

An alternative advent that the whole family can enjoy!

Available in paperback and eBook format, this book is a perfect gift for a young child that the whole family can enjoy.

Perfect for the Advent countdown… Buy as a eBook and begin enjoying it almost immediately!


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The Honking Monster

Fred is currently writing his new Book ‘The Honking Monster’ and it is keeping him very busy!

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – theplymouthdaily.co.uk

Original post is available here – https://www.theplymouthdaily.co.uk/news/entertainment-reviews/plymouth-father-and-royal-naval-officer-release-storybook-advent-calendar Posted by Sarah Parker Plymouth Father and Royal Naval Officer release storybook Advent calendar Local Plymouth father Pinch Martin, along with his best friend and fellow Royal Naval officer, Mike Dineen, have together created Twenty Four Days to Christmas, a magical storybook advent calendar which offers at once a...

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – cphilippou123.com

#BlogTour Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur 19SaturdayNov 2016 Posted by CPhilippou123 ≈ Leave a comment Tags blog tour, Fred Arthur, Twenty Four Days to Christmas Today, I have a special guest post as part of the Twenty Four Days to Christmas blog tour. Twenty Four Days to Christmas Poppy is in agony –...

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas – Press Release

Twenty Four Days to Christmas By Fred Arthur Illustrated by Paul Winward         Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a magical storybook advent calendar offering at once a delightful children’s adventure and a variety of fun-filled family activities, to capture -and contain- the excitement of Christmas. The Story. Poppy is in agony....

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – entertainthekids.com

ACTIVITIES BOOKS EVENTS GIFTS PROMOTIONS REVIEWS SEASONAL Twenty-Four Days to Christmas Advent Book Magical storybook advent calendar offers at once a delightful children’s adventure and a variety of fun-filled family activities, to capture -and contain- the excitement of Christmas. If you’re looking for something a little different for Advent to “countdown to Christmas” then this...

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – bookwormforkids.blogspot.co.uk

Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur  TWENTY FOUR DAYS TO CHRISTMAS by Fred Arthur Illustrated by Paul Winward Clink Street Publishing Children’s Holiday Fiction 72 pages   Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she...

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.co.uk

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Book Blog Tour I’m delighted to be today’s stop-off for the Twenty Four Days to Christmas Book Blog Tour, to tell you all about this gem of a book that is perfect for counting down the days to Christmas. We are introduced to Poppy, who is in agony – it is...

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – mamamummymum.co.uk

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Book Tour and Review December is nearly upon us and that means it is almost time to start the real count down to Christmas. Many of you will have advent calendars ready to enjoy but I have a nice alternative count down for you in the shape of Fred Arthur’s...

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – over40andamumtoone.com

I’m sharing a charming book with you today as part of a blog tour. Twenty Four Days to Christmas is written by Fred Arthur and is available in Kindle and Paperback form.  If you’re looking for a book to add to your Christmas themed collection or as part of a book advent, then this could be...

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas – thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

  #BlogTour! Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur (@fredarthurbooks) @authorrightukpr posted in blog tour, book blogger, Book Review by thewritinggarnet Blurb. Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain...

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Twenty Four Days To Christmas Review – whatsbetterthanbooks.com

Book Review & Blog Tour: Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur Categories: 8/10, Blog Tour, Children’s Book, Review Review from whatsbetterthanbooks.com

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Reviews For Our Books

Thoroughly enjoyable

I love Christmas so was pleased I had the chance to read and review this. This is a story about Poppy and the 24 days leading up to Christmas. This is a picture book and there are images on every page, which would keep children really engaged. I absolutely loved this book, it is told through a poem, it is cleverly written and rhymes in most places. We get taken on Poppy’s journey leading up to Christmas, the days are filled with Christmassy things as she becomes impatient for Santa to arrive, being in the nativity, writing letters to Santa and getting the Christmas tree. The illustrations really make this book, I thought they really brought the story to life. This picture book is going to become one of my firm favourites in my classroom and I will be sharing it with my class every year. This is a real gem of a Christmas book to share with children, if you are looking for a sweet story this year, I recommend you choose this one.

2016-12-18       mrsb2011 

A brilliant childrens book for the build up to christmas

Just received this lovely little book and its fab. Perfect pre-Christmas gift for my nephews. The idea of the book is brilliant and with the excitement of Christmas building it will be great for reading each night and help count down the days along with Poppy. I have now ordered another one for children of a friend.

2017-02-06      tjn70

Great Storybook For Kids!

Charming, fun, and incredibly creative! This is a delightful children’s story that makes everyday in the month of December special and gives you wonderful ideas for things to do, things to see, and things to make. The characters are charming, eager, and excited. The story is written in a wonderful, easy-to-read, rhyming manner that flows nicely and is highly entertaining, and the illustrations are the perfect combination of bright, bold, colourful, and amusing. Overall, this is a great festive novel that will keep the little ones enraptured and have you making reindeer out of pine cones and baking lots of Christmas goodies in no time.

2017-02-06    Zoe (whatsbetterthanbooks)

A beautiful and magical journey to Christmas

Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a wonderfully written, poetic count down to Christmas for all children who believe in the magic of the festive season. Poppy cannot wait until Christmas day and when the first of December arrives she does not know how she is going to contain her excitement for the next 24 days. Poppy’s parents seek to create 24 daily adventures for Poppy to undertake to ensure the wait until Christmas passes before she knows it. This magical book is beautifully illustrated and offers a unique alternative to an advent calendar. Children can read one chapter per day and share Poppy’s exciting adventure to Christmas. A timeless book which can be shared year after year, 24 Days to Christmas is a must for children young and old

2017-12-18  Mrs. L Oconnor

Lovely preparation for the festive season

A really charming little book to share with your children on the buildup to Chirstmas. There are lots of ideas for new things to try including making Christmas cards, visiting stately homes dressed for Christmas, a search for Santa steam train ride, pantomimes. Christmas is such a magical time and this encourages you to create that magical wonderland for your children with lifelong memories. I loved the church nativity on Christmas Eve- sharing the real reason for the season and of course the magic of finding your presents on Christmas Day. I would highly recommend this book to join your advent preparations.

2016-12-18      Kim

Totally delightful

Purchased 2 of these books on a recommend. Love the story, it’s in rhyme, so sweet

2017-12-18    Karen

Bring out the child in us all

Great Christmas book, perfect to be read along side an advent calendar as a page a day, I love the rhythm and that it’s not all baby speak, lovely illustrations, I can see this becoming part of our Christmas traditions, I can imagine it being great for a nursery group. It’s also great fun for adults, gives some great ideas and really builds to a Christmas crescendo

2017-12-18  E D

Children will love this book!

A very happy, warm tale about the build up to Christmas. It includes fun ideas for activities for its readers to copy during Advent should they wish to; and it slips in educational information about historical figures and places. A lovely book to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit.

2017-12-18  Jasmine Clamp

lots of fun from this great author

what a fab book for kids …lots of fun from this great author!!!!

2017-12-18 Sarah B

My kids and nephew loved it.

I highly recommend it. A Christmas essential!

2017-12-18  D M

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    Paul, our illustrator has over 30 years experience working in the advertising and design industry having graduated with a first class honours degree in Graphic Design at Leeds University.

    After spending his formative  years at some very recognised advertising agencies in the North West of England in the position of designer and commercial illustrator, his increasing profile attracted the attention of Space & Time Advertising. Within two years Paul was made Creative Director and moved from the drawing board to the direction of TV Commercials and pitching on blue chip accounts.

    However, his desire and passion for children’s illustration never faded and 15 years ago shifted from the world of advertising to book illustration.

    Paul not only has over 30 books published but he has illustrated for numerous national and international children’s projects. In addition he spends a great deal of time teaching children the art of illustration in Primary Schools. His work has been exhibited in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Valencia.

    Today, he has joined forces with Fred Arthur as a bespoke illustrator with an abundance of styles to reflect their extremely imaginative story telling.