Story Calendar

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 […]

A Story for January: Mma Ramotswe and Rra Burns

Burn’s Night is celebrated by Scots and those who consider themselves Scots-at-heart on the birthday of the great poet Robert Burns. Every year, on 25 January, ‘Burns Suppers’  take place in homes, organisations, hotels and clubs in a night of good cheer, suppers of haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes), a dram or two of whisky, ceilidh dancing and poetry renditions. This story celebrates the ‘good heart’ of Robert Burns.

A Story for December: The Pope’s Australian Christmas

This humorous and yet deeply moving short story originally appeared in The Age newspaper in Australia.

A Story for November: The Director

This story first appeared in The New Statesman magazine. 

This is the story of a friendship. It takes place over a number of years, starting when the two people involved were eight and ending when they were twenty-nine.