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Alexander McCall Smith celebrates 75 Years Young

  24 Aug '23   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Congratulations to Alexander McCall Smith who turns a very youthful 75 today. We wish him a wonderful day visiting Cafe Canna, a fabulous restaurant on the remote Hebridean island of Canna. May the sun shine on you Sandy.

Alexander has had an incredibly busy week in the run up to this birthday – back on true form at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where he delighted a sell-out show, in conversation with good friend and fellow writer, Jamie Jauncey. Jamie was persuaded to play for the audience when they discovered a piano shared their stage space.

At that event, Alexander read from his new poetry collection, I Think of You. They chatted about Scotland Street which returns to the Scotsman newspaper on 4 September. And about the 25th anniversary of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Laughter and cheerfulness rippled through the theatre space… but perhaps not to the extent of the following evening when Alexander took to the stage once again, this time for the Fringe and as the guest of one of Alexander’s (and everyone’s) all time favourite TV personalities, Gary: Tank Commander. He and fellow guest, the one and only Rueben Kaye (as it says on his website, ‘Reuben Kaye is what happens when you tell your children they can be anything’) had the packed theatre weeping with laughter. The unexpected and unpredictable pairing was just a hoot!


As he has shown this week, Alexander is forever young and delights readers of absolutely every age.

Congratulations Sandy (Alexander), from all of your friends at Birlinn.

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