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 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 […]
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.
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 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.
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 […]