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 […]


Fringe by the Sea (North Berwick, UK)

Date: 8 August 2019
Venue: Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent
Time: Noon

We welcome Alexander McCall Smith – one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, […]

Edinburgh International Book Festival Children’s Event (Edinburgh, UK)

Date: 10 August 2019
Venue: EIBF Spark Theatre on George Street
Time: 12.15pm

Set sail on the School Ship Tobermory with much-loved Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Iain McIntosh as they present the fourth title in their hugely successful series, ‘The Secret of the Dark Waterfall’. This time the gang are on the hunt for a shipwreck laden with treasure. You’ll need courage and ingenuity to […]

Edinburgh International Book Festival I (Edinburgh, UK)

Date: 13 August 2019
Venue: EIBF, Main Theatre
Time: 1.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith presents an antidote to the Tartan Noir genre that he calls ‘Scandi Blanc’, featuring Detective Ulf Varg in Malmö’s Department of Sensitive Crimes. Add in a new 44 Scotland Street novel, playful adventures in The Second Worst Restaurant in France, and a handpicked anthology of Scottish poems and you have the recipe […]