Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over fifty books, including the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels and several collections of short stories, including The Girl Who Married a Lion and Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations. Many of his books have become bestsellers throughout the world and he has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for Services to Literature in 2007. He lives in Scotland.
An enchanting tale * * The Times * * A gem-like piece of work * * Daily Telegraph * * McCall Smith brings to the Angus story a sly and deceptive simplicity, combined with a charm that has a line of tight, sharp wire running all the way through it . . . A book that is full of small marvels . . . Resonant and deeply unsettling -- John Burnside * * Guardian * * Perhaps the finest I have read from the McCall Smith pen * * Scotsman * * Reads like a fairytale for adults, a light, rose-tinted book . . . Well-written and smartly contemporary * * The Skinny * *