Alexander McCall Smith enjoyed a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, before turning to writing full-time. He is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into sixty-four languages.
`Sandy McCall Smith amazes fellow scribblers with his freshness and sheer verve. Having lived in Edinburgh for twenty years, I loved "A Work of Beauty", his wonderfully written evocation of the most beautiful city in the world.' The Scotsman Books of the Year --- `Alexander McCall Smith has penned a love letter to Scotland's capital ... "A Work of Beauty" lays bare the changing face of Auld Reekie, capturing forever the eternal beauty of its historic skyline and the qualities that have earned it the title "the Athens of the North".' The Sunday Post