Story Calendar

A Story for December: Bertie’s Christmas

Bertie’s Christmas was first published in The Scotsman newspaper in 2010. Bertie’s Christmas: Several factors had combined to improve summer for Bertie Pollock (6), son of Stuart Pollock (39) and Irene Pollock (38), of Scotland Street (44). The most important of these was the cessation, at least for the months of July and August, of […]

AN EXTRA STORY – ON THE DAY OF A SCOTLAND v ALL BLACKS RUGBY MATCH

A story of Bertie at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh for a Scotland v the All Blacks rugby match. This is an extract from from A Time of Love and Tartan—a Scotland Street novel. The existential happiness of 13-0.  Ranald Braveheart Macpherson was delivered to the Pollock flat in Scotland Street wearing his Macpherson tartan kilt with […]

A Story for November: My Italian Bulldozer

This is an extract from the stand alone novel. My Italian Bulldozer. Scotland fell away beneath him, a stretch of green pasture, of hills, of swirling mist. Suddenly they were bathed in sunlight; fields of cloud, topped with crenellations of white, now lay beneath them as their plane pointed south. In his window seat he […]

A Story for October: The Good Pilot

This is an extract from the upcoming stand-alone novel The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse: A Wartime Romance. US publication publication date TBC. 

A Story for September: A Handbag!

A story of unexpected opportunities, life changing events, and a handbag.

A Story for August: A preview from The House of Unexpected Sisters

This month we bring you a preview from The House of Unexpected Sisters —a novel not yet published. You Could Find Yourself Shaking Your Head So Much She picked up a fine piece of Botswana beef from the butcher before returning to Zebra Drive that evening. The butcher, whose own father had known her father, the late […]

A Story for July: An Inquisition Begins (a preview from The Bertie Project)

This month’s story is an extract from Chapter 4 of The Bertie Project, A 44 Scotland Street novel. 

A Story for June: Woman with Beautiful Car

This story appears in Alexander’s book, Chance Developments.

A Story for May: O tempora! O mores!

Chapter 10 from the current 44 Scotland Street in which Stuart is told about a possible promotion opportunity. This story first appeared in The Scotsman.

A Story for April: The Shape of Ladies

Mma Ramotswe & Mma Makutsi consider will power, doughnuts and the health of the traditionally built.

A Story for March: Shimla

A story of mistakes and forgiveness. Shimla The story: What happened when we went to Shimla? That place up in the hills—you know the one—that hill station? It was always cooler and people used to go up there, way back in the days of the Raj, to get away from the crushing heat down below. […]

A Story for February: Show and Tell

A Scotland Street story for February. This story by Alexander McCall Smith first appeared in My Weekly magazine. “Now then Bertie,” said Irene Pollock to her six-year-old son. “Have you finished your homework?” Bertie looked out of the window over the rooftops of Edinburgh. Their flat in Scotland Street was high enough for him to […]