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Description - Tiny Tales by Alexander McCall Smith

Stories do not have to be long. In the space of a couple of sentences - or even a page or two - we may see the human heart exposed in a way that is more powerful than occurs in many much longer narratives.

In Tiny Tales Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition, kindness and happiness in thirty short stories that range in length from the short to the minuscule. The settings are as diverse as the characters - Scotland, England, Australia, the United States - combining to create a rich and surprising tableau. An Australian pope? A persuasive cosmetic surgeon? The world's laziest cat. A group of students living together and getting romantically entangled? All human and animal life is here - in miniature.

These stories are inspired and accompanied by the thirty magnificent strip Tiny Tales created by McCall Smith and illustrated by the brilliant Iain McIntosh - each cartoon a little gem of observation.


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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846975370
Format: Hardback
(176mm x 138mm x 20mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 13-Aug-2020
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Tiny Tales by Alexander McCall Smith - Reviewed by (26 Dec 2020)

5 stars Tiny Tales is a collection of very short stories by award-winning British author, Alexander McCall Smith. They cover a myriad of topics, many with a touch of gentle philosophy, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Subjects covered include: love, the first Australian Pope (Pope Ron) and his Australian vacation, kindness, poignancy, meeting in lifts, revenge, school life, friendship and strangeness.

Featured in these are parachute jumpers, a nun, a Thai bride, a passenger-pusher, vegans, a semaphore course, a lavatory cleaner, a failed soprano, a progressive Viking, an adopted son and his birth mother, housemates, a lonely mathematician, Parsis, a novelist, a child psychotherapist, dentists, boxers, doctors, Lord Lucan, an opera singer, arachnophobes and the French Foreign Legion.

Separating the broadly similar sections are amuse-bouche, single-page cartoon pieces illustrated by talented artist, Iain McIntosh. These feature romance and relationships, Larry Porker and friends, Children and their parents, life and its pitfalls, Geoff and his cat, Stanley, and Caesar and the world of Rome.

Some of the stories are a little silly, and the delightful Pope Ron stories are fanciful. As usual, McCall Smith can’t resist a dig at the Turner Prize. Fans will face a dilemma: to read this collection of delicious morsels in one sitting and gorge on the pleasure, or consume them in small doses to savour the enjoyment. Classic McCall Smith that does not disappoint.


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