Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s best-loved and most prolific authors, applauded across the globe as the author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street amongst more than 100 other books. He lives in Edinburgh and many of his books are published on our Polygon imprint. He is hugely supportive of publishing in Scotland.

Reading a novel by Alexander McCall Smith feels as if a soothing balm is being applied to all the hurts and injuries inflicted by the world around us

– SMSA, Sydney


Coming Soon

  • Hardback | Pub: 02 Nov 2023
    £17.99

    Glasgow for Bertie is the promised land. The city of pies and Irn Bru, far from his controlling mother, Irene – his place of escape. But how will he respond to the news of the proposed merging of Edinburgh and Glasgow? A new member of Bertie’s…

  • Hardback | Pub: 01 Feb 2024
    £18.99

    The Perfect Passion Dating Company at No. 24 Mouse Lane in Edinburgh’s New Town is run by Katie Donald who has an innate instinct for bringing people together. She has developed a skill for finding out what it is that people really want. Along…

LATEST RELEASES

  • Hardback | Pub: 06 Jul 2023
    £12.99

    This new collection is a fascinating journey into the heart of each of us – from the author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and the 44 Scotland Street series. In I Think of You, the reader travels through literary Edinburgh in…

  • E-Book | Pub: 02 Mar 2023
    £3.99

    Katie Donald’s aunt is moving to Canada and asks Katie to take over management of her matchmaking bureau. Katie, who is always ready for a new challenge, enthusiastically accepts the offer, taking charge of The Perfect Passion Dating Company at…

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Apr 2023
    £8.99

    The characters in this delicious book are pushed to the point of no return and seek retribution. But how we get even is not always the best road to redemption. On the island of Mull, it takes an incomer to make the locals realise that they need to…

Stand Alone Fiction

  • Paperback | Pub: 10 Aug 2017
    £7.99

    Imagine you’re on a train. Think about all the other people on the train with you, what their lives are or have been, and the different experiences you’ve all had. But there is one more thing that you undoubtedly all share: you have all…

  • Paperback | Pub: 04 Oct 2018
    £8.99

    Val was working as a land girl when the Americans arrived at the nearby airfield in 1944. Mike, a young American airman, came into her life soon after, and so too did Peter Woodhouse, a dog badly treated on a neighbouring farm and taken in by her…

  • Paperback | Pub: 07 Jul 2022
    £8.99

    Stories do not have to be long. In the space of a couple of sentences – or even a page or two – we can see the human heart exposed in a way that is more powerful than in a novel. In Tiny Tales Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition,…

  • Paperback | Pub: 07 Apr 2022
    £8.99

    It is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky, live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old; her father Henry – owner of Pitlochry, a…

  • Paperback | Pub: 11 Jun 2020
    £8.99

    Paul Stewart has returned to Scotland to continue his successful career. His agent and girlfriend, Gloria, has arranged for him to write The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters, a project he relishes but that will have to be delivered in six…

SHORT STORIES and POETRY

  • Paperback | Pub: 11 May 2017
    £7.99

    In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling,…

  • Paperback | Pub: 23 Apr 2020
    £9.99

    A poem does not have to be famous to be cherished. The best-known poems of Robert Burns have been loved by countless people over the years, but there are other poems that may be largely unknown that will mean a great deal to the few who are familiar…

  • Paperback | Pub: 02 Feb 2023
    £8.99

    In Pianos and Flowers we are invited to glimpse a world long departed. In these stories, inspired by long-lost photographs, the lives of the people in the frame are imagined and then explored, layer by layer. Three sisters brought up in Penang,…

  • Hardback | Pub: 06 Jul 2023
    £12.99

    This new collection is a fascinating journey into the heart of each of us – from the author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and the 44 Scotland Street series. In I Think of You, the reader travels through literary Edinburgh in…

  • Paperback | Pub: 07 Jul 2022
    £8.99

    Stories do not have to be long. In the space of a couple of sentences – or even a page or two – we can see the human heart exposed in a way that is more powerful than in a novel. In Tiny Tales Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition,…

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Apr 2023
    £8.99

    The characters in this delicious book are pushed to the point of no return and seek retribution. But how we get even is not always the best road to redemption. On the island of Mull, it takes an incomer to make the locals realise that they need to…

CHILDREN’S FICTION