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Chance Developments
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ISBN:
9781846973291
Categories
Fiction, New Releases, Short Stories
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
15 November 2015
Format
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
280

Chance Developments

Unexpected Love Stories
by Alexander McCall Smith - Find out more about the author

'The book is vintage McCall Smith and if anyone is looking for an early Christmas gift, they should look no further. A reader may wonder whether if there were no Alexander McCall Smith, he would have to be invented' – Washington Times

'The photos are eloquent and moving, the stories delve deeply into possibilities, love and friendship, joy and melancholy... as I read, I found myself drawn back to the photo, to look again and ponder. Alexander McCall Smith has transformed five forgotten photos into a discovery of delight' – Liz Robinson, LoveReading

'These stories are full of insight and empathy...the first two, "Sister Flora's First Day of Freedom" and "Angels in Italy" are works of depth and beauty that would not be shamed in the company of the world s great short stories' – Kerryn Goldsworthy, Fairfax Papers

'[This book gives] that feeling of pure unadulterated pleasure that a piece of my favourite chocolate gives me when it starts melting in my mouth' – Breakaway Reviewers

It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words but an old photograph can inspire many more.

In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad? What emerges are surprising and poignant tales of love and friendship in a variety of settings – an estate in the Highlands of Scotland, a travelling circus in Canada, an Australian gold-mining town, a village in Ireland, and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Some will find joy and fulfilment – others would prefer happier endings.

Each of them, though, will find love, and that is ultimately what matters.

Alexander McCall Smith was, for many years, a professor of Medical Law. After the publication of his highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels.






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