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An Interview with Illustrator Iain McIntosh

Date Published: 1st November 2017

Iain McIntosh is the longtime illustrator of the jackets of Alexander McCall Smith’s books. Read on for a Q&A with him about his work and process of working with Alexander.

A maker of beautiful books—Stephanie Wolfe Murray

Date Published: 26th August 2017

Stephanie Wolfe Murray, founder of the Scotland-based publishing house—Canongate, died on 24 June 2017. She was both friend and inspiration. A memorial event was held at Edinburgh International Book Festival for which Alexander McCall Smith wrote the following poem. He shared the stage with fellow writers Tom Pow, Mairi Hedderwick and Alasdair Gray and many from […]

Wisdom to share from Isabel Dalhousie

Date Published: 13th July 2017

Words of Wisdom to share from the latest Isabel Dalhousie book, A Distant View of Everything.

Alexander McCall Smith scoops major Award

Date Published: 10th May 2017

Alexander McCall Smith — writer and creator of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency — has received a major award, (9 May 2017). The President, The Board of Governors, and The Literary Arts Committee of  The National Arts Club of America presented The Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature to Alexander McCall Smith at an Award Ceremony last […]

Last few days of a very special Botwsana offer

Date Published: 21st March 2017

OFFER EXTENDED UNTIL END MARCH 2017 Special offer available now.  Belmond Safaris are once again offering an exclusive experience, a 6 night stay at the Belmond Botswana Lodges, Africa with Alexander McCall Smith. They are offering guests the chance to share in his memories and personal experiences of his beloved Botswana, as he regales tails around […]

Back with a Splash in The Scotsman newspaper

Date Published: 24th February 2017

Scotland Street is back ‘Scotland Street‘ returns today to the pages of The Scotsman newspaper in Scotland with the first episode in this, the twelfth series featuring all our much loved characters−Irene, Stewart, Little Bertie, Bruce, Domenica et al.  Enjoy their company as they return for more ‘goings on’  in the neighbourhood. Read an article about the […]

Scotland Street returns to the airwaves and the printed page (UK)

Date Published: 17th February 2017

A new series of ’44 Scotland Street’ will appear in The Scotsman newspaper in Scotland from Friday 24 February, 2017. As soon as we hear that it is hitting the pages of that popular newspaper we know it won’t be long until we have a new treat to enjoy in book form and all our favourite characters will […]

Major Award Announced for Alexander McCall Smith

Date Published: 3rd February 2017

Alexander McCall Smith is set to receive a major award. The President, The Board of Governors, and The Literary Arts Committee of  The National Arts Club have announced that they will present The Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature to Alexander McCall Smith. The Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 […]

A Short Story for February

Date Published: 1st February 2017

A short story by Alexander to cheer up February days is now available on this site. Put on the kettle and follow this link to read it now.

New from Alexander in 2017–take a look ahead

Date Published: 13th January 2017

Publishers across the world are gearing up for the new publishing year. Here is a preview of what’s new from Alexander month by month so that you can mark titles to look forward to in your reading list for the year… February Bertie’s back! Last year’s new hardback novel in the 44 Scotland Street series, The […]

Exploring Botswana

Date Published: 10th January 2017

Alexander has written an article for the Belmond Travel magazine about his latest trip to Botswana, a country which he loves and home to Precious Ramotswe and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. You can read the article here and you still have time to book onto his next safari with Belmond, later this year. The […]

Journey to the Heart of Africa with Alexander McCall Smith

Date Published: 19th December 2016

Belmond Safaris are once again offering an exclusive experience, a 6 night stay at the Belmond Botswana Lodges, Africa with Alexander McCall Smith. They are offering guests the chance to share in his memories and personal experiences of his beloved Botswana, as he regales tails around the fire and over sundowner drinks while enjoying a wide […]