Outspoken - Alexander McCall Smith at desk - image Alex Hewit

Alexander McCall Smith at desk – image Alex Hewit

When Alexander McCall Smith came to Maleny a few years ago, Outspoken sold out the large hall (440 people) in a matter of days. Already the interest in seeing him is very strong. He attracts a remarkable following.

Outspoken begins its 2018 season with a major event: a conversation with Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. Mr McCall Smith is making one of his occasional visits to Australia and has kindly agreed to return to Maleny to discuss his recent books with local author, Steven Lang.

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most popular authors. He began his career as a professor of medical law, working for many years in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad (including in his beloved Botswana).

After the publication of his highly successful No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series – which has sold over twenty million copies – he devoted his time to writing fiction.

His novels generally fall into different series – he is remarkably prolific – apart from the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency they include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, The Sunday Philosophy Club series starring Isabel Dalhousie, the von Igelfeld series, and the Corduroy Mansions novels.

Alexander has also written several stand-alone novels, as well as collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children.

He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America. His books have been translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers through the world.

He will be talking about his most recent books, The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse (a wartime romance), A Time of Love and Tartan (a 44 Scotland Street novel) and A Distant View of Everything (an Elizabeth Dalhousie novel).

Alexander will be at the Maleny Primary School hall on March 10, starting 4 for 4.30pm. Tickets are $20, students $15 and bookings are essential. Tickets from www.outspokenmaleny.com