'Windows on the world ... deft and funny and smart' - Financial Times
Stories do not have to be long. In the space of a couple of sentences - or even a page or two - we may see the human heart exposed in a way that is more powerful than occurs in many much longer narratives.
In Tiny Tales Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition, kindness and happiness in stories that range in length from the short to the minuscule. The settings are as diverse as the characters - Scotland, England, Australia, the United States - combining to create a rich and surprising tableau. An Australian pope? The world's laziest cat? A group of students living together and getting romantically entangled? All human and animal life is here - in miniature.
These stories, divided into sections, are accompanied by magnificent illustrations, like literary amuse-bouches, created by McCall Smith and illustrated by the brilliant Iain McIntosh - each one a little gem of observation.
Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. His various series of books have been translated into over forty-six languages and have sold more than 30 million copies across the world. These include the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the 44 Scotland Street novels, the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the Von Igelfeld series. He also writes stand-alone novels, children's fiction and libretti for short operas.
He has received numerous awards for his writing and holds thirteen honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and North America. In 2007 he received a CBE for services to literature and in 2011 was honoured by the President of Botswana for services through literature to the country. In 2015 he received the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and in 2017 the National Arts Club (of America) Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature.
'Just lovely, they are charming... I loved them... they are brilliant' * Books Up North Podcast * 'These stories are inspired and accompanied by the thirty magnificent strip Tiny Tales created by McCall Smith and illustrated by the brilliant Iain McIntosh. Each is a little gemstone of observation. Full of romantic heartwarming stories with chance encounters... this is a great little book to keep by your bedside or on a coffee table when you need cheering up. It would also make a lovely Christmas gift' * Sixtyplus surfers * 'Charismatic and charming, convincingly demonstrates that length is by no means essential for a captivating read' * Scottish Field * 'It is remarkably clever how, in just a few pages, he [Alexander McCall Smith] can create a complete little world ... a little treasure' -- Patricia Cleveland Peck * The Cultural Voyager * 'Exquisitely funny ... I can't think of any other writer who could come up with anything like this, because as well as being among the funniest he has ever written, these stories are also moving, respectful and kind. Even the Pope himself would, i think, enjoy them' * The Scotsman * 'a selection of short, diverse stories and cartoon strips that ripple with humour. Perfect for those without the time, patience or inclination to pick up a novel. It will have readers - especially new ones - coming back for more' * Sunday Post * 'windows on the world... portraying a whole universe' * Financial Times * 'This may be a small book in size, but it is mighty of heart and the most wonderful gift for someone who would appreciate a smile or hug. Short and sharp, yet bountiful and considerate - fabulous' -- Liz Robinson * loverreading.co.uk *