ED2011 Book Reviews

Alexander McCall Smith

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2011

Exuberant chaos from the author of eight million successful novels – or so it seems when McCall Smith careens from one series to another in an uncharted hour-long talk. Bracketed by fiddle tunes, he discussed ‘The Limpopo School of Detection’ (the next instalment in the ‘Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency’ series), the main rule for writing a radio play, the sensitivity of his readership, relief at finding that a character responds well to anti-depressants, how the speed of e-mail removes excuses for procrastinating on a BBC commission, the tragedies of dead languages, and a description of a New Yorker cartoon about dogs. An evening with McCall Smith is like a high-speed gab with your favourite madcap uncle.

RBS Main Theatre, 19 Aug, 8.00pm (9.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp26.