The People’s City
One City Trust
Introduction by Irvine Welsh / Written by Nadine Aisha Jassat , Anne Hamilton , Alexander McCall Smith , Ian Rankin , Sara Sheridan
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Varied and entertaining. Read and enjoy!
There are five engrossing, resonant stories here, with no weak links
Bringing together some of Edinburgh's best modern writers including Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith, this small but important book pulls from the city's rich literary history
About the Book
'Five engrossing, resonant stories here, with no weak links' ― The Herald
The world’s first UNESCO city of literature, Edinburgh is steeped in literary history. It is the birthplace of a beloved cast of fictional characters from Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter. It is the home of the Writer’s Museum, where quotes from writers of the past pave the steps leading up to it. A city whose beauty is matched only by the intrigue of its past, and where Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘there are no stars so lovely as Edinburgh’s street-lamps’. And to celebrate the city, its literature, and more importantly, its people, Polygon and the One City Trust have brought together writers – established and emerging – to write about the place they call home.
Based around landmarks or significant links to Edinburgh each story transports the reader to a different decade in the city’s recent past. Through these stories each author reflects on the changes, both generational and physical, in the city in which we live.
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.