‘To say McCall Smith is a literary phenomenon doesn’t quite describe what has happened. He has become more of a movement, a worldwide club for the dissemination of gentle wisdom and good cheer.’ – Elizabeth Grice, Telegraph
This stunning stand-alone novel, with explores love in all its guises, is due to be published for Christmas 2012. Four strangers sit together on a train journey and as the miles unwind so too do the stories of love that they exchange. A hauntingly beautiful short novel.
The No.1 Ladies’ Detective radio dramas are returning to BBC Radio 4 with a new series in the New Year. Watch this space for an update on dates.
We are delighted to announce that a new series of Scotland Street will appear daily in the Scotsman from January. Date to be confirmed so watch this space.
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Alexander McCall Smith’s The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was first published by Polygon, in Edinburgh, in 1998. Since then, a further 12 titles have appeared in hardback, paperback and audio editions, with total sales of the printed editions now topping 20 million copies in English and translations complete or underway in 45 languages.
This series is now published by Little, Brown in London but the author has maintained his links with Polygon who publish all of the hardback editions of the 44 Scotland Street titles and the Corduroy Mansions series along with stand alone publications including Trains and Lovers.
Alexander McCall Smith is prolific! As well writing new titles in his five hugely popular series, he writes stand-alone novels, is involved in screen-writing, radio drama and opera libretto, and travels the world promoting his work. And in 2013, Scotland’s biggest community arts project comes to fruition – The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Alexander came up with the idea for the Great Tapestry in 2011 and has worked with artist Andrew Crummy and historian Alistair Moffat to bring the tapestry into being. Volunteer stitchers right across Scotland are now stitching 160 panels (with a total length of at least 145 metres), each designed by Andrew Crummy and each telling one aspect of Scottish history from the ice-age to the present day.