News & Events


Date Published: 1st May 2019

These Are The Hands, a new album with words by Alexander McCall Smith and music composed by James Ross is now available. The music and the songs celebrate the presence of the sea in Scottish life, past and present. The sea defines Scotland’s character: it gives us our weather, our skies, and, even today, an important part of […]

New short stories to start exclusively in The Sunday Times online this weekend.

Date Published: 9th January 2019

A picture can paint a thousand words, but what about a vintage photograph? In 2015 Alexander McCall Smith wrote a book entitled Chance Developments: Unexpected Love Stories, in which he imagined the stories behind five chanced-upon black and white photographs. Who were those people, why were they smiling, what made them sad? He so enjoyed the experience that […]

Celebrate with us! The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – 20 years of humanity, kindness, humour, forgiveness and sheer joy

Date Published: 2nd April 2018

A very good reason to celebrate: 2018 is the twentieth anniversary of publication of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith—20 years of delightfully different books, page-after-page of humanity, kindness, humour and forgiveness, and in short, sheer joy. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series started life as a short story written for friends but took hold […]


Alexander McCall Smith at Elgin Library (Elgin, UK)

Date: 4 December 2019
Venue: Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin IV30 1HS
Time: 6.30pm

**SOLD OUT** Moray Libraries are overjoyed to have lured one of the worlds’ most prolific and best loved authors to the area to talk about his vast array of work. At what is to be one of the most sought-after events of the year, highly prestigious writer Alexander McCall Smith will be taking centre stage […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Topping & Co. (Edinburgh, UK)

Date: 5 December 2019
Venue: Greenside Church, 1b Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Time: 8.00pm

We are delighted to welcome Alexander McCall Smith, the master chronicler of modern life and manners, for an evening celebrating his writing. Alexander is a gifted storyteller, who spins intriguing and hugely enjoyable tales.  This year’s have included The Second Worst Restaurant in France, The Peppermint Tea Chronicles (a new installment in the 44 Scotland Street series), and Pianos […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Hospitalfield House (Arbroath, UK)

Date: 6 December 2019
Venue: Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Angus, D11 2NH
Time: 7.30pm

A picture can paint a thousand words, but what about a vintage photograph? Inspired by images from the Sunday Times photographic archive, Alexander presents Pianos and Flowers: Close Encounters of the Romantic Kind. This delightful compendium of short stories, published as a beautiful deluxe edition, will make an ideal Christmas present for yourself or any other […]