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Alexander McCall Smith: 'Scottish fiction too grim'

posted 23 May 2013, 06:02 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 23 May 2013, 06:06 ]

Novelist Alexander McCall Smith has spoken out against the dark depiction of Scotland by his fellow Scottish writers.

McCall Smith is best known for his light hearted No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels, as well as the Scotland Street series. Both are a far cry from the dark Tartan Noir genre that has become so popular for Scottish authors.

McCall Smith told The Scots Magazine: “Sometimes we present ourselves in a less than complimentary light, which is a pity. The portrayal of Scotland disappoints me. There is urban dysfunction and violence in Scotland, and aggression, but that’s not the whole picture.”