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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 […]

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 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 variety […]

Celebrating Christmas with the BBC

Date Published: 13th December 2016

In a week long celebration of Christmas, Alexander offers readers and listeners a Christmas treat to cherish. Alexander has written five original Christmas short stories for the BBC, to be broadcast from 19-23 December, 2016. Listen live at 10.45pm (UK) on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime  or catch up online on BBC Radio iPlayer. The […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Valvona & Crolla

Date Published: 12th December 2016

Alexander McCall Smith delighted readers with an entertaining after dinner conversation with writer, historian and expert on all things Tuscany, Alistair Moffat, at Valvona & Crolla’s VinCaffe in Edinburgh. The meal featured dishes inspired by food mentioned in Alexander’s Scotland Street books: ‘Unbearably light scones’ with Dunbar smoked salmon; ‘Tuscan black Pecorino’ with V& C honey; and olives ‘the […]

On Safari in Botswana–Journey to the heart of the country

Date Published: 21st November 2016

Alexander McCall Smith met readers in Botswana last week on a safari organised by Belmond travel. The writer of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency led a special tour with Belmond Safaris, taking in three luxury lodges–each located in a completely different ecosystem. The six-night itinerary – titled ‘Journey to the Heart of Botswana with Alexander McCall Smith’ – […]

Alexander on the airwaves in South Africa

Date Published: 17th November 2016

Alexander McCall Smith interviewed in South Africa.

‘It seemed like his life is just a series of stories’– Alexander McCall Smith visits Houghton

Date Published: 1st November 2016

Alexander McCall Smith visits Houghton College for an hour long Q&A session.

Alexander McCall Smith in Belgrade, Serbia

Date Published: 27th October 2016

The 61st International Belgrade Book Fair is taking place this week and Alexander is meeting readers there on Sunday, from 3.00pm until 5.00pm (the Fair is open from 10.00am until 9.00pm over the weekend). Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia. For information on how to get to the Fair visit their website here. […]