Day 233 Alexander McCall Smith (Photo A Day 2012)

This is the Edinburgh based writer Alexander McCall Smith. We met him at the Edinburgh Book Festival last week. His novels include The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street, The Sunday Philosophy Club, Tears Of The Giraffe, Morality For Beautiful Girls, The Right Attitude To Rain, The Kalahari Typing School For Men.  Having read 44 Scotland Street we decided to visit many of the places mentioned in the book and photograph them. It’s a great way to get to know a city. It was a chance encounter with Armistead Maupin (of Tales of the City fame) in San Francisco which inspired Alexander McCall Smith to write his serial novel about the residents of 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in the author’s home town of Edinburgh. “44 Scotland Street” first appeared in daily episodes in The Scotsman newspaper in 2004, and was published in book form later that year. Over the next few days I will be posting those photos and giving some background to them and the locations significants in the book.

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