News & Events

News

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 […]

Events

Bloody Scotland (Stirling, UK)

Date: 21 September 2019
Venue: The Albert Halls, Stirling
Time: 1.30pm

It’s an open secret that we’ve been trying to lure Alexander McCall Smith to Bloody Scotland since our first festival in 2012. We’ve offered marzipan, free copies of Yachting Monthly, rare editions of WH Auden’s poetry, and even scrambled eggs on toast with truffle oil and anchovy paste (just a few of his favourite things). […]

Borderlines Book Festival (Carlisle, UK)

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Crown & Mitre Hotel, Carlisle
Time: 7.30pm

Explore the world of Alexander McCall Smith as he discusses the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street series, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg—one of […]

Biggar Afternoon Tea (Biggar, UK)

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar
Time: 2.30pm

Explore the world of Alexander McCall Smith as he discusses the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street series, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg—one of […]