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    Distributor: Penguin Random House Availability: Available On Sale Date:Dec 03, 2019 Carton Quantity:24
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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles
A Scotland Street Novel (#13)
9780735278677 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Dec 03, 2019
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.19 x 7.98 x 0.73 in | 0.53 lb 336 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Vintage Canada
The 13th book in Alexander McCall Smith’s popular 44 Scotland Street series is a sheer delight.

Summer has come to Scotland Street. The long days have prompted its denizens to engage in flights of fancy. Some, like the Duke of Johannesburg’s plan to create a microlite seaplane, are literal flights, and some, like the vain Bruce Anderson’s idea of settling down with one of his many admirers, are more metaphorical.

With the domineering Irene off pursuing academic challenges, Stuart and Bertie are free to indulge in summer fun. Stuart reconnects with an old acquaintance over refreshing peppermint tea while Bertie takes his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson to the circus. But their trip to the big top becomes rather more than the pleasant diversion they were hoping for.

Once again, Scotland Street teems with the daily triumphs and challenges of those who call it home, and provides a warm, wise, and witty chronicle of the affairs in this corner of the world.

Story Locale: contemporary Edinburgh, Scotland

Series Overview: The 44 Scotland Street series remains one of McCall Smith’s most beloved series, and its dedicated fans eagerly await each new installment. He was initially warned off starting a serialisation by US novelist Armistead Maupin, whom McCall Smith describes as “revitalising the serial novel” with his Tales of the City, which was first published in the San Francisco Chronicle. “I visited San Francisco and met Maupin at a party, and he said: ’Whatever you do don’t write a serial novel in the newspaper’ but in fact I got back to Scotland and that’s immediately what I started to do. And I found that I enjoy it greatly, so I do one a year.”

SALES TRACK: 154,000+ copies shipped in OTR + E combined. Canadian numbers have over-indexed against the US for this series. A strong and consistent performer, always published in original trade paperback. A Time of Love and Tartan, the 12th book in the series, has performed slightly better than its predecessor, with 3,300 copies shipped across formats in one year, and a very clean sale.

FALL AUTHOR TOUR: McCall Smith will go to Calgary WordFest and Winnipeg for a McNally Robinson event in October and November.

SERIES: This is the world’s longest-running serialized novel and continues to be published weekly in The Scotsman newspaper for 3 months of each year. This is McCall Smith’s funniest series, with chapters that are like candy—quick and delicious to consume and you don’t want to stop.

AUTHOR PLATFORM: Sandy is one of the world’s favorite authors, and he has received numerous accolades for his work. Most recently, he was presented with the National Arts Club’s Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature in 2017. His popularity continues to grow, and he now has more than 69,500 fans on Facebook and 17,700+ followers on Twitter.

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been bestsellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.

Author Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland

“Fragrant, refreshing, and soothing as a cup of—well, you know what.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series:

"Irresistible. . . . Packed with the charming characters, piercing perceptions, and shrewd yet generous humor that have become McCall Smith's cachet." --Chicago Sun-Times

"Very special. . . . Underpinned by a guiding moral intelligence. . . . Sense and humor fuse absolutely." --The Scotsman

"Will make you feel as though you live in Edinburgh, if only for a short while, and it's a fine place to visit indeed. . . . Long live the folks on Scotland Street." --The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

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