Literary lunch with McCall Smith

Friday 31 October 2008

Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith will mark the publication of his latest book with a visit the University of St Andrews on Monday (November 3rd).

Alexander McCall Smith will take part at the latest in a series of literary lunch events on the very day his latest book, “La’s Orchestra Saves the World”, will be published.

The visit to the University’s Lower College Hall will be a step back on to familiar territory for the author as his youngest daughter is a recent medical graduate.

Previous Literary Lunches hosted by the University have featured Roy Hattersley, Jeremy Bowen and Sandi Toksvig.

Before turning to writing Alexander McCall Smith was a professor of medical law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad.

After the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over fifteen million copies, he began devoting his time to the writing of fiction.

Since then his books have been translated into over forty languages, become bestsellers through the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie and the Von Igelfeld series.

It has been a busy time for the Edinburgh based author as this autumn the Daily Telegraph newspaper serialised an online version of another of his new novels Courdroy Mansions.

His latest novel La’s Orchestra Saves the World is a story celebrating friendship and the healing power of music.  Fellow Scottish author Jamie Jauncey will join Alexander in a conversation about the book at the event.

Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America.

Alexander McCall Smith will be in St Andrews on Monday, November 3, for a literary lunch at Lower College Hall from noon.  Tickets are £3 from Waterstone’s, Market Street.


Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews
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Ref:  McCall Smith 31/10/08
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