Virtual Event

Fane Presents A Night In With Alexander McCall Smith


To mark the publication of Your Inner Hedgehog and In a Time of Distance: And Other Poems

The bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, has written or edited over 1000 books, with 30 million books sold in English alone worldwide. And he shows no signs of slowing down, with five new novels being published over the course of 2021.

In this exclusive event, he will be celebrating his new novel Your Inner Hedgehog and his poetry collection In a Time of Distance: And Other Poems.

Your Inner Hedgehog is the latest entertaining and hilarious Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld novel, in which our hopelessly out-of-touch hero is forced to confront uppity librarians, the rector of the university and a possible hostile takeover, all while trying to remain studiously above it all…

Comforting and evocative, In a Time of Distance: And Other Poems is a beautiful collection of globe-trotting verse, combining a lyrical sense of place with heart-warming, wryly funny observations on love and friendship. From Africa to Greece, London to Mumbai, and back home to Edinburgh, this is a captivating celebration of place and people, but also of animals and books.

In conversation, Alexander will explore his rich and varied career – from professor of Medical Law to  New York Times bestseller and household name, what it was that inspired him to write fiction in the first place, and his writing rituals and routines. He’ll touch on why friendship and love are so important to him, and why those themes that crop up time and again in his novels.

With a chance to ask your own (detective) questions, this an evening with one of the world’s most prolific and popular authors that you do not want to miss.

The ‘book and ticket’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of Your Inner Hedgehog (RRP £14.99).

The ‘book bundle’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, a copy of Your Inner Hedgehog and In a Time of Distance: And Other Poems (RRP £12.99). 

Both ticket options are available with UK or International delivery. Please click on the BOOK now button to see delivery options. 

The event will initially be broadcast on 17 March 2021 at 6.30pm UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed worldwide.  If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time, you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.

If you have any questions, please email

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Wednesday 17 Mar 2021
Online, Online. United Kingdom