Story Calendar

A Story for December: Bertie’s Christmas

A vintage short story from the master storyteller. First published in The Scotsman in 2010.

A Story for November: Australia Deprivation Syndrome

Some light-hearted writing in recognition of those who love Australia and have been unable to visit for some time.

A Story for October- Belgian Shoes

This is an extract from the upcoming novel, Love in the Time of Bertie, the fifteenth book in the 44 Scotland Street series. Available in the US and Canada in February.

A Story for September: The Joy & Light Bus Company

An extract from the first chapter of the latest novel in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, The Joy & Light Bus Company, published in the US & Canada in October.

A Story for August: The Pavilion in the Clouds

 An extract from some new writing, currently being worked on by Alexander.

A Story for July: Three Friends By Themselves

A note from the author: This happened some time ago, before we all found ourselves facing a rather long period of enjoying our own company. Three friends had gone for a hike in a remote part of Argyll. It was a rugged and beautiful part of the country – a landscape dominated by towering Munros, […]

A Story for June: Trams, and other big questions

There are no trams in Scotland Street, nor buses for that matter. The street’s dimensions are generous, though, and would allow for a tramline, were anyone to wish to construct one. They would allow for a bicycle lane, too, and still leave room for cars and for the pedestrians who like to stroll down this […]

A Story for May: Small birds, like painted chickens

An amusing misunderstanding between family members over a little girl’s love of boiled eggs. 

A Story for April- Under the Acacia

A story of loving someone you never knew. This story originally appeared in Good Housekeeping magazine.

A Story for March- Clouds Upon the Horizon

An extract from the latest entertaining and hilarious Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld novel. Our hopelessly out-of-touch hero is forced to confront uppity librarians, and a possible hostile takeover.

A Story for February- Doctors, detectives, common sense

Mma Ramotswe, only begetter and proprietrix of the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Botswana’s only private detective agency for the problems of ladies (and others), very rarely had cause to consult her general practitioner. This doctor was called Dr Leonard Modisapodi, a man of modest tastes and quiet demeanour, who lived in a small house […]

A Story for January: Maternal Designs

‘Maternal Designs’ is part of Pianos & Flowers, a new collection of short stories called inspired by vintage photographs.