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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Vers series, and the 44 Scotland Street Series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He lives in Scotland.
"A metaphor for the transformative power of music.... crafted with the author's usual wit, wisdom and grace." --Washington Post "A big story about love, death, identity and music." --The Lincoln Journal Star "McCall Smith's characters are well-drawn and alive. . . . A satisfying work by a writer . . . who charms many readers." --Providence Journal "Beautifully precise and psychologically acute." --The Independent, London "Delightful . . . McCall Smith once again creates unforgettable characters and a story that will resonate with readers across generations . . . A fresh and unforgettable story about the power of human kindness. Highly recommended." --Booklist (starred review) "The evocation of war-torn England, with its palpable mood of defiance, determination and survival, is beautifully caught . . . An excellent recreation of a woman of her time." --The Scotsman "Unlike anything else in McCall Smith's work." --The Independent "Alexander McCall Smith writes about the enduring, patient qualities of love . . . The novel pays heed to our national yearning for a story to chew on." --The Times (London) "A gentle and uplifting read." --The Daily Mail