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Heavenly Date And Other Flirtations by Alexander McCall Smith

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 208 Pages.

Published: 06 September 2003 by Canongate Books

Edition: Main

ISBN: 1841954276

EAN: 9781841954271

A collection of short stories focusing on romantic encounters from the author of THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY


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Enjoyable Short Stories

I need to start by saying that I have not any other books or short stories by Alexander McCall Smith. I cannot therefore compare this to his other books but only comment on its individual merits.

I enjoyed this collection of short stories. They are actually quite long as short stories go - not the 1 - 5 pages of the instant story but with more depth, characters and description. More of a half hour to 45 minute lunch break per story than a 10 minute coffee break read.

The stories are very different to each other taking place in different parts of the world from Zimbabwe to Tuscany. The contents are also quite different including the Heavenly Date of the title which is leaning towards the fantasy. These stories talk about relationships and gentle flirtation and are certainly not to be mistaken for something of a more erotic nature.

I listened to this book on audio CD whilst doing something else as well. This book was perfect for that as the stories are not so intricate and deep that you need to give them your whole attention. However, they did flow well and I was keen to continue listening to see how each unfolded. Having enjoyed this, I am now looking out for my first full length book by this author.

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