Story Calendar

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 April: The Shape of Ladies

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

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 October: Treat Yourself

This short story, Treat Yourself by Alexander McCall Smith, first appeared in the Woman’s Weekly magazine. This is a story of weakness, or rather, it’s a story of strength followed by weakness. Sometimes things work out the other way round: you start off weak and become strong because you realise how weak you’ve been … […]

A Story for September: A Friend is Like a Hill

A sneak preview from Precious & Grace, the next instalment in The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series

Driving to the office in her battered white van, down the Tlokweng Road, past the stand of whispering gum trees, Mma Ramotswe, founder and owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, allowed her mind to wander.

A Story for August: Beer and Knees

This month’s story is an extract from Alexander’s current writing project,  The Bertie Project a 44 Scotland Street novel. 1. Beer and Knees On any Friday evening, the Cumberland Bar, just round the corner from Drummond Place and Scotland Street, might be expected to be busy, the meeting place of assorted mercantile tribes, of office […]