Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall-Smith’s comic novels have been delighting and amusing readers for over two decades. Whether we are in Botswana with The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and the shrewd yet kindly Mama Ramotswe, or hearing picaresque tales of Bertie, Stuart and the loathsome Irene from 44 Scotland Street - a (real) house in Edinburgh - McCall Smith’s work wraps around us like a warm and well-loved blanket. Filled with chuckles and the occasional tear, this is literature at its most upliftingly escapist, and in times like these who couldn’t use a touch of that? Chaired by Claire Malcolm This event has now sold out, please contact the Box Office (01434 652477) if you would like to be added to the waiting list. Booking Information Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Thursday 2nd of March. Tickets go on general sale from Saturday 4th March. Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings. Hearing loops are available. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply). Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events. Booking for this event has now closed.