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Alexander McCall Smith on the Penguin Podcast

Date Published: 22nd July 2021

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency author can turn out five novels a year – but there’s one piece of kit he needs, he tells the Penguin Podcast. Few authors are as prolific as Alexander McCall Smith. The creator of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, he has written dozens of novels across eight series, along with children’s […]

Alexander McCall Smith poems to inspire new musical tributes to Edinburgh’s seven hills

Date Published: 12th July 2021

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith is joining forces with St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh to spearhead a major two-year music, literary and education project inspired by the city’s seven hills. Seven young composers will be creating new musical works inspired by words McCall Smith has penned in tribute to the much-loved landmarks and beauty […]

Alexander McCall Smith Receives Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award

Date Published: 21st June 2021

The Strand Magazine prints previously unpublished works by literary masters such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Heller, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, and H.G.Wells as well as new works of fiction by today’s bestselling authors such as Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Connelly, Joseph Finder and Jeffery Deaver. This year’s Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards go to […]


Alexander McCall Smith: Exploring Matters of the Human Spirit (virtual event)

Date: 26 October 2021
Venue: Zoom
Time: 7.30pm GMT

Join the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre for a very special Tuesday Talk – A conversation with Alexander McCall Smith. Centre Chair, Professor Lance Butler will discuss matters of the human Spirit with the author of the hugely popular, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The conversation will be an open-minded exploration of philosophically challenging […]

Alexander McCall Smith with the Chiltern Bookshops (virtual event) (UK)

Date: 28 October 2021
Venue: Zoom
Time: 7.00pm

Join us for an evening in with the fantastic Alexandar McCall Smith, who be discussing the latest instalment in THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY and his new  stand alone novel. The Joy and Light Bus Company Mma Ramotswe knows she is very lucky indeed. She has a loving family, good friends and a thriving […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Borders Book Festival (Abbotsford, UK)

Date: 6 November 2021
Venue: Borders Book Festival, Abbotsford
Time: 2.00pm GMT

Prodigious, productive, endlessly inventive, Sandy McCall Smith is in his prime! Several new novels are published this year and they are amongst his best. The Pavilion in the Clouds is a charming, pre-war story of Scottish tea planters in what used to be called Ceylon. Atmospheric, gentle and subtle, there is also mystery at its heart. The Joy […]