Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the stunning hardback cover made me ooh with delight. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black and white photos that appear at the beginning of each short story. The photos are eloquent and moving, the stories delve deeply into possibilities, love and friendship, joy and melancholy. From Sister Flora to a circus performer, each story is a small snapshot of what might have been, and 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
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'If you come across an old photograph what do you think about the people staring back out at you? Maybe that they are just anonymous people from another age, as if from another planet. Or do you, like McCall Smith, hear their voices, know their names, sense their hopes and dreams and imagine how their lives might have turned out.
Blessed with a wonderful, humane imagination, McCall Smith brilliantly constructs paths for these forgotten people - some joyous, others bumpy and winding, all with unexpected twists and turns.
An astonishing achievement: original and moving.' ~ Neville Moir, Editor of Chance Developments
Shorn of context, unknown people look out to us from old and anonymous photographs, and each image has magical appeal. Alexander McCall Smith, one of the world's best-loved writers, has reimagined the stories of these individuals in this charming, humorous, unexpected and poignant collection.The fifteen photographs captured here are all from days long gone - some are formal in setting with a sepia tone, some are hazy family snaps. Every one of these images is powerful and intriguing in its own way and in Alexander's hands, each reveals a story of love.
Closing date: 03/07/2018
Publication date: 04/11/2015
Publisher: Polygon an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||4th November 2015|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Polygon an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Shorter Reads,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, 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 ...More About Alexander McCall Smith