A Personal Anthology of Scottish Poems
Alexander McCall Smith’s anthology of Scottish poems is arranged in eight parts, on themes including love and marriage, islands, and war, conflict and loss, with poets spanning the centuries, from William Dunbar in the 15th, to Hugh MacDiarmid and Kathleen Raine in the 20th.
A Time of Love and Tartan
A 44 Scotland Street Novel
The world’s longest-running serial novel continues apace: starting with Pat Macgregor’s meeting with her ex-boyfriend and the colossal embarrassment that followed, here are further adventures of Stuart and Irene, young Bertie, the Duke of Johannesburg and resident anthropologist Domenica Lordie (née MacDonald).
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
A Wartime Romance
Valerie, a wartime Land Girl, meets and falls in love with an American pilot; meanwhile, her cousin has rescued a mistreated border collie named Peter Woodhouse. Together, Val, Mike and Peter Woodhouse do their bit for love, the war and international relations.
The Colours of all the Cattle
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
While Precious Ramotswe toys with entering local politics, the latest case for the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – involving a ruthless property developer’s plans for a ‘Big Fun Hotel’ - falls to the Agency’s mechanic. When danger looms over his investigation, Precious abandons politics to rescue Charlie.
Who Built Scotland
In a fresh approach to Scotland’s past, five Scottish writers – Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson, James Crawford and the poet Kathleen Jamie – explore 25 buildings, or remains of buildings, across the country. Starting at Geldie Burn in the Cairngorms with its traces of prehistoric habitations, they visit Iona’s ancient abbey, medieval castles, and modern buildings ranging from the Glasgow School of Art to Sullom Voe oil terminal – structures whose stories together create a new narrative of Scottish history.
The Bertie Project
A 44 Scotland Street Novel
‘The world’s longest running serial novel’ continues, with young Bertie Pollock’s terrible mother back from the Middle East. Life was easy in her absence, now it’s no fun: there are extra classes after school – yoga, Italian and saxophone – and his father looks to be enamoured of another woman.
The Double Comfort Safari Club
and Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
This Alexander McCall Smith double bill introduces two of his hugely popular series. In The Double Comfort Safari Club, we rejoin Precious Ramotswe in Botswana and another case for The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate is the second book in The Sunday Philosophy Club series and the second risky investigation for the Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. The two books are shrink-wrapped together.