News & Events


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.


An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith in St Andrews (UK)

Date: 28 November 2017
Venue: Hope Park and Martyrs Church , KY16 9UY
Time: 8.00pm

Toppings present prodigious novelist, Alexander McCall Smith who returns to St Andrews to mark the continuation of his much-loved 44 Scotland Street series. A Time of Love and Tartan is the twelfth instalment of what, after its many years in The Scotsman, is the longest serial novel ever written. Encompassing tennis-playing Rwandan forest people, levitating Celtic saints, and a primary school […]