Corduroy Mansions

This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748112243

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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From the author of the global best-seller, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, comes a brand new serial novel set in the heart of London. 'Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteelly crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights. Loafers, wine merchants, vitamin evangelists and the occasional psychoanalyst pass each other on the stairs of this delightful metropolitan des res. With his trademark wit, charm and lightness of touch, Alexander McCall Smith introduces a colourful cast of characters, full of the life, laughter and humanity so beloved in his writing.

A Conspiracy Of Friends

Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico is an oasis of old-fashioned civilisation, its inhabitants considerate and peace-loving.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748128034

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 310

Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico is an oasis of old-fashioned civilisation, its inhabitants considerate and peace-loving. But beneath the polite exterior seismic change is stirring. Barbara Ragg makes an eye-popping discovery about her stolid Scottish suitor's past, while Oedipus Snark - newly appointed and tirelessly self-interested Government Minister - has a close encounter in Switzerland that leaves him a new man all together. Then plucky canine Freddie de la Hay goes missing, and his owner, widower William French, is so shaken by an unexpected declaration of love that he seriously considers making a disappearance himself. Goodhearted, well-intentioned but often to be found barking up the wrong tree, the residents of Corduroy Mansions remain a thoroughly entertaining example to us all.

The Dog Who Came In From The Cold

Hilarious and affectionate, The Dog Who Came In from the Cold rejoins Alexander McCall Smith's delightful London tribe of loveable misfits and hopefuls in a new set of adventures in life, love and philosophy.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748125507

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 505

In the genteel environs of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico, strange doings are afoot, mostly in the name of love. Lonely William French and his faithful canine Freddie are recruited to the service of MI6 by a beguiling lady operative, William's neighbour Caroline finds her suitor James mysteriously lacking, and Barbara Ragg is tempted to the Highlands by blossoming romance. Meanwhile sage psychiatrist Berthea Snark, under normal circumstances the voice of reason, finds herself called away to protect her brother from a band of scheming New Age fraudsters seeking to insert themselves into the bosom of the family. Hilarious and affectionate, The Dog Who Came In from the Cold rejoins Alexander McCall Smith's delightful London tribe of loveable misfits and hopefuls in a new set of adventures in life, love and philosophy.

Children s Writers Artists Yearbook 2017

... the Corduroy Mansions novels. Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over 30 books for children.

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472924975

Category: Reference

Page: 480

View: 298

Foreword by Frances Hardinge The annual, bestselling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and illustrate for children and young adults. Acknowledged by the media industries and authors as the essential guide to how to get published. The 70+ articles are updated and added to each year. Together they provide invaluable guidance on subjects such as series fiction, writing historical or funny books, preparing an illustration portfolio, managing your finances, interpreting publishers' contracts, self-publishing your work. NEW articles for the 2017 edition included on: - Wanting to be a writer by Simon Mason - Finding new readers and markets by Tom Palmer - News and trends in children's publishing 2015-16 by Caroline Horn - Series fiction: writing as a part of a team by Lucy Courtenay - Creating a children's comic by Tom Fickling All of the 2,000 listings of who to contact across the media have been reviewed and updated. The essential guide for any writer for children.

At the Reunion Buffet

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101970464

Category: Fiction

Page: 60

View: 143

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) back into your life. Isabel Dalhousie--philosopher, mother and friend--has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her home, bringing with them new names, new looks, and old reputations. While some will see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren't interested in changing their minds about the past. One particular classmate, Barbara Grant, was known as an especially mean girl who bullied the others relentlessly. As hostess, Isabel feels compelled to help her guests on the path toward reconciliation and forgiveness, but bitter feelings and long-held secrets threaten to derail her efforts entirely. With her trademark insight and compassion, Isabel Dalhousie may find a way to navigate these treacherous waters. An eBook short.

Country Life

History Hunting Evil Guy Walters ( Bantam , £ 18.99 ) Fiction Corduroy Mansions Alexander McCall Smith ( Polygon , £ 16.99 ) T B Photo of Mengele compared ...

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Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion

Find out as Alexander McCall Smith tells the story of in another adventure featuring Precious Ramotswe.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857905805

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

View: 871

Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here, in this delightful, new, enchanting tale for children, we see how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love! Find out as Alexander McCall Smith tells the story of in another adventure featuring Precious Ramotswe.

Akimbo and the Snakes

A thrilling story of Africa, snakes and a dangerous mission, from the bestselling author of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0747586233

Category: Africa

Page: 96

View: 681

A thrilling story of Africa, snakes and a dangerous mission, from the bestselling author of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Akimbo always looks forward to Uncle Peter's visits, because Uncle Peter has a very exciting job: he runs a snake park!

The Slice of No 1 Celebration Storybook

In this delicious short collection to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the international phenomenon The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith's wise, generous heroine finds that dieting is not for everyone and ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405530715

Category: Fiction

Page: 24

View: 241

In this delicious short collection to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the international phenomenon The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith's wise, generous heroine finds that dieting is not for everyone and sometimes it is simply better to be traditionally built, especially when there is cake to be had. And when the Ladies' Club of Gaborone invites Mma Ramotswe as their keynote speaker, she reaches some thought-provoking conclusions about the problems - or otherwise - of ladies and men. Also features reflections from the author on his much-loved series.

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Set in Africa, with an engaging heroine who could give Miss Marple a run for her money.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

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Category: Africa

Page: 226

View: 178

Set in Africa, with an engaging heroine who could give Miss Marple a run for her money.

To the Land of Long Lost Friends

In this installment of the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that relationships are always a tricky proposition, even for Botswana's premier female ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Vintage Books Canada

ISBN: 9780735276390

Category:

Page: 240

View: 294

In this installment of the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that relationships are always a tricky proposition, even for Botswana's premier female detective. Mma Ramotswe reconnects with an old friend who has been having problems with her daughter. Though Precious feels compelled to lend a hand, she discovers that getting tangled up in family matters is always a delicate affair. The young woman appears to be involved with a charismatic preacher. But are his ministrations entirely of a Godly nature? Elsewhere, Charlie is also struggling with a tricky matter of the heart. He wishes to propose to his girlfriend, Queenie-Queenie, but he is struggling to come up with a bride price that will impress her father. When Queenie-Queenie's brother offers to help by giving him a job, the offer may not be quite what Charlie expected. In the end it will be up to Mma Ramotswe to reflect on love, family, and the nature of men and women in order to show everyone all the good things they have--so many, in fact, that it would take far too long to count them.

The Sunday Philosophy Club

The editor of The Review of Applied Ethics and an irrepressibly curious lover of puzzles, Isabel Dalhousie decides to investigate when she witnesses the fatal fall of a young man and discovers that he had been probing misdeeds at his ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing

ISBN: 9780375434266

Category: Fiction

Page: 419

View: 529

The editor of The Review of Applied Ethics and an irrepressibly curious lover of puzzles, Isabel Dalhousie decides to investigate when she witnesses the fatal fall of a young man and discovers that he had been probing misdeeds at his brokerage firm, in the first in a new series by the creator of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. (Mystery)

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family continues in this fifth instalment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursuit of a little happiness.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN:

Category: 44 Scotland Street

Page: 344

View: 440

The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family continues in this fifth instalment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursuit of a little happiness. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith has again given us a clever, witty and utterly delightful new novel.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes

"The detectives who work in Malmo Police's Department of Sensitive Crimes take their job very seriously.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 9780525565673

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 672

In the Swedish criminal justice system, certain cases are considered especially strange and difficult, in Malmö, the dedicated detectives who investigate these crimes are members of an elite squad known as the Sensitive Crimes Division. These are their stories. The first case: the small matter of a man stabbed in the back of the knee. Who would perpetrate such a crime and why? Next: a young woman's imaginary boyfriend goes missing. But how on earth do you search for someone who doesn't exist? And in the final investigation: eerie secrets that are revealed under a full moon may not seem so supernatural in the light of day. No case is too unusual, too complicated, or too, well insignificant for this squad to solve. The team: Ulf "the Wolf" Varg, the top dog, thoughtful and diligent; Anna Bengsdotter, who's in love with Varg's car (and possibly Varg too); Carl Holgersson, who likes nothing more than filling out paperwork; and Erik Nykvist, who is deeply committed to fly fishing. With the help of a rather verbose local police officer, this crack team gets to the bottom of cases other detectives can't or won't bother to handle. Equal parts hilarious and heartening, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a tour de farce from a true master.

La s Orchestra Saves the World

It is 1939.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN:

Category: Community life

Page: 250

View: 949

It is 1939. Lavender--La to her friends--decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. Settling in as small town, she organizes an amateur orchestra from the village and the local RAF base and falls in love with one of her prized recruits.

Sunshine on Scotland Street

From social media to the finer points of human behavior, this episode of Alexander McCall Smith's popular 44 Scotland Street series provides an entertaining commentary on a small corner of modern life in Edinburgh where, contrary to ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0345804414

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 276

44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 8 The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother. From social media to the finer points of human behavior, this episode of Alexander McCall Smith's popular 44 Scotland Street series provides an entertaining commentary on a small corner of modern life in Edinburgh where, contrary to received wisdom, the sun nearly always shines. Angus Lordie and Domenica Macdonald are finally tying the knot. Unsurprisingly, Angus is not quite prepared and averting a wedding-day disaster falls to his best man, Matthew. When the newlyweds finally head off on their honeymoon, Angus's dog Cyril goes to stay with the Pollocks—to the delight of one member of the family, and the utter despair of another. The long-suffering Bertie knows firsthand how stringent his mother's rules can be, and he resolves to help Cyril set off on an adventure. Meanwhile, Big Lou becomes a viral Internet sensation, and the incurable narcissist Bruce meets his match in the form of a doppelganger neighbor, who proposes a plan that could change both their lives.

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

"Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful private investigator of 'traditional build', is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. Mma Ramotswe is busy but cannot ignore the plea of a woman's tale of misfortune." -- back cover.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

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Category: Botswana

Page: 231

View: 929

"Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful private investigator of 'traditional build', is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. Mma Ramotswe is busy but cannot ignore the plea of a woman's tale of misfortune." -- back cover.

Explosive Adventures

"Two terrific tales of adventure-- on the high seas and in the dangerous jungle!

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408865866

Category: Adventure stories

Page: 224

View: 378

"Two terrific tales of adventure-- on the high seas and in the dangerous jungle! Join Lucy, Hermione, and Sam in The popcorn pirates as they foil a greedy gang of grub-guzzling pirates. Solve a jungle mystery with Billy in The bubblegum tree-- but watch out for tigers!"--Back cover

Emma

Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to EMMA, the next book in The Austen Project.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Borough Press

ISBN: 9780007553884

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 823

Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to the Austen classic, 'Emma'.

The Kalahari Typing School for Men

Now that the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is firmly established, founder Precious Ramotswe faces new challenges at home and at work--from problems with her adopted son, to an assistant who dreams of opening a Kalahari Typing School for ...

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 037542217X

Category: Fiction

Page: 186

View: 446

Now that the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is firmly established, founder Precious Ramotswe faces new challenges at home and at work--from problems with her adopted son, to an assistant who dreams of opening a Kalahari Typing School for Men, to a sexist rival who is opening a Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency across town. 50,000 first printing.