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The Forgotten Affairs of Youth : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

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Alexander McCall Smith published The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency in 1998 and then, suddenly, it took off in America to the extent that no less than 11 reprints were required in 2003.

Since then, so prolific has been his output, and so has his popularity soared, that there was a time when the sheer multitude of McCall Smith's books led to confusion as to which book fitted into each of the various series under which he writes. One has hardly been able to keep up with the sheer abundance of books published - we reckon at least thirty in less than a decade.

Now, thankfully, things have settled down and the legions of McCall Smiths avid fans can compartmentalise his new books into the four main series under which they sit - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, The 44 Scotland Street Series and The Corduroy Mansions Series with a few more on top!

There are constant features across the whole panoply of McCall Smith's output. Wry and witty observations about the day-to-day lives of normal people. An innocence and delight in the human condition. And, always, a twinkle on the eye shared by writer and reader. He is a happy writer and that makes for happy readers.


'The Forgotten Affairs of Youth' is the eighth of the Isabel Dalhousie series. Isabel, still a lovable combination of intriguing philosopher and amateur sleuth, faces another delightful adventure in her eventful little life. But, as in all McCall Smith's books, her life is not 'little' at all. The issues she faces and emotions she feels are universal. Another lovely book for us all to enjoy.


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