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    9780593294000 Paperback / softback, Trade, , $37 CAD 9780735281233 Electronic book text, EPUB
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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date:Dec 01, 2020 Carton Quantity:12 $29.95 CAD
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Pianos and Flowers
Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind
9780735281226 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories Dec 01, 2020
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.37 x 8.27 x 0.76 in | 0.7 lb 192 pages 14 B&W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
From the beloved and bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, a charming short story collection about life and romance.

In these delightful stories, McCall Smith imagines the lives and loves behind some of the everyday people featured in the Sunday Times newspaper photographic archive. A young woman finds unexpected love while perusing Egyptian antiquities. A family is forever fractured when war comes to colonial Panang, Thailand. Iron jelloid tablets help expose a young man’s inner strength. And twin sisters discover that romance can blossom anywhere—even at the altar.

Throughout these stories, McCall Smith employs his indomitable charm to explore the possibilities of love, friendship, and happiness.

LINKED STORIES WITH PICTURES: Each of the stories in this collection will be accompanied by the photo that inspired it, pulled from the 19th century archives of the Sunday Times.

PERFECT GIFT: This lovely original TR collection makes a wonderful gift for McCall Smith fans, lovers of historical fiction, and anyone looking for their Christmas gifty book.

SALES TRACK: Sandy is one of our bestselling authors. His books have sold over 11 million copies across formats, with his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series selling over 7 million.

AUTHOR PLATFORM: Sandy has received numerous accolades for his work, and has a robust online platform. His newsletter is one of our most popular, and he has more than 69,500 fans on Facebook and 18,200+ followers on Twitter.

ORIGIN: The book grew from a handful of stories originally published in the Sunday Times. Sandy used photos from that newspaper’s archive as a springboard to imagine the lives and loves of the people and the situations depicted in the photographs. The stories offer sweet, intimate, sometimes humorous and sometimes sad moments in the lives of ordinary people.

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

Author Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland

Author Website: www.alexandermccallsmith.com

Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/alexandermccallsmith; @mccallsmith

“[McCall Smith’s] writing is soothing, elegant, understated, beguiling, joyous, engaging, charming and extremely funny; he is an understanding, witty writer; he employs a sly humour; and he’s a treasure, on and on…. [McCall Smith’s] intelligent writing, the simplicity even in the convoluted plots, his characters who are so endearing you just want to hug them, and the settings that might otherwise be ordinary but are made extraordinary by his writing, make any book by him wonderful. His books are beach books, they are airport books, they are summer and winter books, they are books that make you want to embrace life.” —The Globe and Mail

“McCall Smith’s books are witty, gentle, observant and very human.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“You cannot beat McCall Smith for subtle musings shot through with insight and wit. His deft characterisation enlivens the inner workings of everyday characters. His work offers a heartening view of a world that often appears heartless.” —The Telegraph

“If Dr. McCall Smith didn’t exist, we should have had to invent him. He is that rare creature known as a storyteller. He eschews the savagery of the ancient fairytales while retaining their eternal charm.” —The Washington Times

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