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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 […]

A Poem going down rather well in Australia

Date Published: 11th March 2018

Readers attending Alexander’s events in Dubai and Australia have been taken with a poem he read, The Language of Pilots. This poem is now included in Emirates Literature Festival 10th Anniversary book, For the Love of Words but we are pleased to reproduce it here too. The language of pilots By Alexander McCall Smith   They speak with […]


Scotland’s Best Loved Poems, Tobermory (UK)

Date: 27 October 2018
Venue: Aros Hall, Tobermory, Mull
Time: 5.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith discusses his work and his new book, A Gathering: Scotland’s Best Loved Poems.

Dinner & Whisky Tasting, Tobermory (UK)

Date: 27 October 2018
Venue: Western Isles Hotel, Tobermory, Mull
Time: 7.30pm

Dinner with Alexander McCall Smith, followed by a very different whisky tasting by Blair Bowman, author of the bestselling Pocket Guide to Whisky.

Barnes & Noble UES- Alexander McCall Smith, New York NY (USA)

Date: 8 November 2018
Venue: Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington Ave, 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028 212-369-2180
Time: 7.00pm

Book reading and signing with Alexander McCall Smith.