News & Events


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 […]

Australian response to Alexander McCall Smith’s 2018 visit

Date Published: 15th March 2018

Australian response: Alexander would like to thank all of his readers who came out to meet him on his visit to Dubai for the Emirates Festival and his tour of Australia this month (March 2018), both of which he enjoyed very much indeed. He is very fond of the people of Australia and the land […]


BBC Symphony Orchestra & Alexander McCall Smith

Date: 28 April 2019
Venue: Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH
Time: 3.00pm

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. His highly successful series The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency sold over twenty million copies in the English language alone, and his books have become bestsellers throughout the world. For one afternoon only, McCall Smith joins forces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra to bring to […]

Edge of the World Bookshop presents Alexander McCall Smith, Penzance (UK)

Date: 23 May 2019
Venue: St John's Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance
Time: 7.30pm

Join Alexander McCall Smith for an evening of sheer delight as he discusses his new books, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, and The Department of Sensitive Crimes. Plus catch up on all Mma Ramostwe’s gossip in Botswana and find out what’s new with Isabel Dalhousie in Edinburgh. An event not to be missed. Tickets and information here.

The Padstow Bookseller presents Alexander McCall Smith (UK)

Date: 24 May 2019
Venue: Metropole Hotel, Padstow
Time: Time TBC

Join us with Alexander McCall Smith, author of hundreds of bestselling books including those in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and The 44 Scotland Street series. Alexander has two upcoming titles: The Second Worst Restaurant in France which follows on from My Italian Bulldozer and is a feast of funny twists and turns. If you’re into crime stories, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is set […]