Trains and Lovers (Hardcover)
|Author: Alexander McCall Smith|
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|A wonderful new stand-alone novel from the internationally beloved and bestselling McCall Smith: a story that explores the nature of love--and trains--through a series of intertwined romantic tales.|
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A wonderful new stand-alone novel from the internationally beloved and best-selling Alexander McCall Smith: a story that explores the nature of love?and trains?through a series of intertwined romantic tales.
The rocking of the train car, the sound of its wheels on the rails . . . there's something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation. Which is just what happens to the four strangers who meet in Trains and Lovers. As they travel by rail from Edinburgh to London, they entertain one another with tales of how trains have changed their lives. A young, keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a young female coworker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an eighteenth century painting. An Australian woman shares how her parents fell in love and spent their life together running a railroad siding in the remote Australian Outback. A middle-aged American arts patron sees two young men saying good-bye in the station and recalls his youthful crush on another man. And a young Englishman describes how exiting his train at the wrong station allowed him to meet an intriguing woman whom he impulsively invited to dinner?and into his life. Here is Alexander McCall Smith at his most enchanting.
Alexander McCall Smith was in his 50s by the time he appeared on the bestseller lists with his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. The series revolves around Mma Ramotswe, the amply proportioned owner of the titular agency, who comes to the aid of her neighbors in Botswana with a blend of warmth, wisdom, and insight that has endeared her to readers all over the world. McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (then called Rhodesia), where his father was working as a public prosecutor. As a teen, he moved back to his family's native Scotland, and he later studied law at the University of Edinburgh. McCall Smith enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a law professor and expert in bioethics. Among his accomplishments was helping to found the law school at the University of Botswana. He got the idea for Mma Ramotswe during a visit with a Botswana woman who raised chickens. "She was running spectacularly around her backyard chasing [a]chicken," he recalled to one journalist. "She caught the chicken and wrung its neck with very little ceremony and handed it over to us, and I thought: 'What a woman.' I thought about what sort of life she had had. I just had an impression of a character." THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY was published by a small imprint in Scotland in 1998, and in 2002 Random House began distributing his work in the U.S. There are now several novels featuring Mma Ramotswe, and in 2009 a television adaptation aired on HBO. McCall Smith is also the author of other popular series, including one featuring the philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie, one featuring the residents of an Edinburgh boarding house, and another featuring the bumbling Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Additionally, he has written several legal texts and children's books. He and his wife, a retired physician, live in Scotland.