The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax

Front cover of The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax, by Christopher Shevlin, published by Albatross

Our first book was released in August 2012. Please send distribution enquiries by email to admin at albatrosspublishing dot com, or use the contact form. Colin Midson ( is handling the publicity.


Jonathon Fairfax was astonished. This was nothing new. His first memory of being astonished dated from the age of three, when his mother had quite casually suggested that, instead of wearing a pair of comfy watertight pants, he should spend the rest of his life holding in his wee and poo. Now, seventeen years later, he was astonished because a huge, terrifying man in a smart dark-red balaclava was asking him directions.’

The man in the balaclava is on his way to a murder. From this point on, the range of things that astonish Jonathon Fairfax rapidly expands. Soon it includes not merely his own pants but conspiracy, secret government documents (lightly buttered), a strikingly cool private detective/loss-adjustor, a low-speed car chase, a fight to the death on a very small balcony, and a woundingly beautiful girl called Rachel.


“Not many books make me laugh out loud, but The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax is one of them. … It reminded me of a very English Carl Hiaasen – filled with throwaway detail, joyously funny dialogue and slightly absurd characters. … Exuberant is the word that comes to mind when describing this book. … Utterly recommended.”

★★★★ Stylist magazine, issue 137, 1 August 2012


“A lovingly detailed, neatly constructed comedy about cats, pants and murder.”

Tim Moore, author of Ooh, You Are Awful (But I Like You): Travels Around Unloved Britain


“Christopher Shevlin is a comic genius. The funniest book I’ve read in ages.”

Viv Groskop, comedian and journalist


Average Amazon rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (from 413 reviews, so far)


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  1. Louise Bostock

    Good stuff – well done for having the courage to DIY. I’m off to check out your book on Amazon. Sounds hilarious.


  2. albatrossadmin

    Thanks very much, Louise. I hope you like it…


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