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ISBN: 9781846976216
Published: 04 Aug 2022
Format: Hardback
Extent: 208
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon , Polygon
Short stories / Fiction
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About the Book

Revenge sometimes causes people to act blindly through anger, rather than reason. The characters in this devilishly delightful book are pushed to the point of no return and seek retribution. We meet an author taking part in a game show who will go to great lengths to show off his intelligence, but quickly realises that he can’t – and doesn’t – know everything. Opposing neighbours find out that the best way to deal with a noisy disturbance is not to bury the hatchet. On the island of Mull, it takes an outsider to make the locals realise that they need to take matters into their own hands to maintain the community’s reputation, and in ‘The Principles of Soap’ the value of friendship overcomes adversity and opportunistic nepotism.

In each of these four tales, revenge is a dish best served cold. Tantalising and amusing, these stories show off a darker side, but carry with them the author’s trademark warmth and humour.

The Author

Alexander McCall Smith

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.

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