A special treat from Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is one of our very favourite authors, and we are happy to say, a great friend of the shop. We have always read, loved and championed his books which are unfailingly warm, funny and wonderfully well-written.

Over the last few months, many of us have been stuck at home, and all of us have been getting used to our strange new reality. McCall Smith’s wisdom, kindness and wit are the perfect antidote to our current malaise. His talks at our Marylebone branch have become a yearly institution which we greatly look forward to. Hopefully we will soon be able to welcome him back in person, but until then, he has, very kindly, provided us with an exclusive reading of a new short story and two new poems, written especially for us, which are streaming on our website. 

First is a poem, which we found extremely touching, called ‘In a Proper Bookshop’ in which he imagines a world without booksellers.

Second is ‘Miracolo’ a wry and beautifully observed short story about what might be a miraculous event at a corporate wine tasting.

Lastly we have ‘Seneca Redivivus’ a poem imagining the great ancient philosopher reborn and puzzling over our selection of books on mindfulness.

In a Proper Bookshop

Miracolo (audio only)

Seneca Redivivus