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14 October 2020
Stories do not have to be long. In the space of a couple of sentences - or even a page or two - we may see the human heart exposed in a way that is more powerful than occurs in many much longer narratives.

In Tiny Tales Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition, kindness and happiness in thirty short stories that range in length from the short to the minuscule. The settings are as diverse as the characters - Scotland, England, Australia, the United States - combining to create a rich and surprising tableau. An Australian pope? A persuasive cosmetic surgeon? The world's laziest cat. A group of students living together and getting romantically entangled? All human and animal life is here - in miniature.

These stories are inspired and accompanied by the thirty magnificent strip Tiny Tales created by McCall Smith and illustrated by the brilliant Iain McIntosh - each cartoon a little gem of observation.
By:   Alexander McCall Smith
Illustrated by:   Iain McIntosh
Imprint:   Polygon
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 176mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   307g
ISBN:   9781846975370
ISBN 10:   1846975379
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   14 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies. Since then he has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels. Iain McIntosh has illustrated many of Alexander Alexander McCall Smith's books, including the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series.

Reviews for Tiny Tales

'Charismatic and charming, convincingly demonstrates that length is by no means essential for a captivating read' * Scottish Field * 'It is remarkably clever how, in just a few pages, he [Alexander McCall Smith] can create a complete little world ... a little treasure' -- Patricia Cleveland Peck * The Cultural Voyager * 'Exquisitely funny ... I can't think of any other writer who could come up with anything like this, because as well as being among the funniest he has ever written, these stories are also moving, respectful and kind. Even the Pope himself would, i think, enjoy them' * The Scotsman * 'a selection of short, diverse stories and cartoon strips that ripple with humour. Perfect for those without the time, patience or inclination to pick up a novel. It will have readers - especially new ones - coming back for more' * Sunday Post * 'windows on the world... portraying a whole universe' * Financial Times * 'This may be a small book in size, but it is mighty of heart and the most wonderful gift for someone who would appreciate a smile or hug. Short and sharp, yet bountiful and considerate - fabulous' -- Liz Robinson * *

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