Media release: Short stories series launching – by best-selling author, Alexander McCall Smith

News Scotland

ALEXANDER McCall Smith, the best-selling author, launches what is believed to be a publishing first this weekend, with a series of short stories for a newspaper inspired by vintage photographs from its archive.

From this weekend, self-contained stories of around 1,900 words, based on unknown people in photos from the early part of the last century, will appear in The Sunday Times online and the newspaper’s Scottish print edition.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency author, who was required to imagine who the people featured were and what accounted for their demeanour, describes it as “one of the most interesting projects” he has ever taken on.

Jason Allardyce, Scotland editor of The Sunday Times, said: “We are excited and honoured to share Sandy’s wonderful new stories with our readers, based on the question: if a picture paints a thousand words then what about a photograph?

“They are rich in humour, humanity and joy. As ever, his writing is a life-affirming pleasure.”

The stories, which appear weekly during January and February, can be read online from this weekend at


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