Alexander McCall Smith with Ruth Davidson: For the Love of Humankind
Scotland is the home of a panoply of great writers but Alexander McCall Smith is one of the best-known and best-loved of them all. ‘I write about what I admire in others’, he said recently – and it is this good-natured generosity of spirit that stands out above all else in his books.
Since his The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books first became runaway bestsellers two decades ago, he has devoted his time to writing and has seen his various series translated into 46 languages and gain huge popularity around the world.
For the online Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scottish politician Ruth Davidson joins McCall Smith in the garden of his Edinburgh home for a socially-distanced chat about life, the universe and pretty much everything – including How To Raise An Elephant, the latest in his No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, The Talented Mr Varg, the second in a captivating new series featuring the world’s kindest detective, and Tiny Tales, his beautiful, eclectic new collection of short stories.