first published 25 September 2009 by Canongate
Alexander McCall Smith tells stories of perverse meetings, casual dates and romantic encounters, that enthral, sadden, inspire and surprise. A seamless storyteller, this is a bold collection from an author with an extraordinary imagination, offering detailed insights into the fascinating and peculiar world of humanity.
“The author’s prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision … This is art that conceals art. I haven’t read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time”
“Reminiscent of Roald Dahl in their dark ironies, these tales of the emotional unexpected are perceptive, deftly written and droll”
“The people who inhabit these stories are funny, shocking, middle-class and sinister, the author’s wacky imagination being the only constant we can always take for granted”