Alexander McCall Smith - My Italian Bulldozer in the Media

“Refreshingly original … deliciously farcical. A gentle book but also a gently radical one” – Scotsman

“Alexander McCall Smith’s novels are always a delightful mixture of humour, humanity and observation. Just as at home in Italy as in Botswana, he depicts the people of Tuscany in this novel with a verve that makes me want to go back” – Country Life

“The sights and sounds and the way you describe the food of Tuscany … perfect… it made me want to go. I loved it” – BBC Breakfast

“A sheer delight from start to finish. Highly recommended” – LoveReading

“A fascinating, funny and totally enjoyable study of human quirkiness, as it only could be under the sun in Tuscany, penned by a master wordsmith” – Blue Wolf Reviews (Australia)

“This novel has the usual combination of light-hearted gentleness and forensic acuity, reminding the reader never to underestimate McCall Smith’s fundamental seriousness of purpose” – Sydney Morning Herald

“A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face” – GoodReads

“Although his writing is warm and light-hearted – as a result of his almost forensic observations about people and everyday situations, including politics and religion – it never feels in the least lightweight, and very often feels quite philosophical and thought-provoking. His attention to the tiniest details when describing situations always conjures up very vivid images, and in this story his descriptions of the Tuscan landscape, and the food and wine of the region, were particularly evocative. Whenever I read one of his books I always feel that the world looks a better, kinder place and this delightful one was no exception – I am still smiling as I write this review!” – Nudge Book

“This is the loveliest, lightest, most uplifting read. It is funny and silly but also wise, optimistic and joyful, just as we come to expect with Alexander McCall Smith’s writing. Its idyllic Italian setting may make us all want to leap on a plane to capture the moment for ourselves, but actually the message is for us in the here and now, wherever we are, about living in the moment and making the best of what we have. It’s a wonderful book!” – Catherine Larner, Events co-ordinator Browsers Bookshop, Journalist and Broadcaster

“I absolutely adored this new book and sat up late into the night savouring every page. I loved the characters and the gentle humour, and of course the romance helped to add some heart-warming sweetness to the tale. The descriptions of Tuscany were beautiful and atmospheric and made the book really special. Pack this book in your suitcase and take it with you on holiday. You’ll be guaranteed an enjoyable journey and story. But be warned, you won’t be able to put it down!” – Sixty Plus Surfers

“There is something magical about this book… I’ll never look at a bulldozer again without thinking that I’d like to be driving it through the roads of Italy” – Breakaway Reviewers

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is on the Move (but there's still time to make your Mark!)

Members of the public are to be given a chance to make a stitch on new welcome panels for the Great Tapestry of Scotland before it moves to its new, purpose built home in Galashiels.

Writing Scotland's Future – July 1999

In 1999 the winner of a national writing competition, Writing Scotland’s Future, was only 11 years old. But her winning entry was strong and on 1 July that year, her poem was read out at the Official Opening of Scotland’s new Parliament. Jan Rutherford was present.

Shortlisted for Major Award

PPW’s Jan Rutherford has been shortlist for the UK’s Publishers’ Publicity Circle Annual Award.