Edinburgh is a city of stories – a place that has witnessed everything from great historical upheavals, to the individual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Every spire, cobblestone, bridge, close and avenue has a tale to tell.

In this sumptuous new book, Alexander McCall Smith curates his own, distinctive story of Edinburgh – combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland’s national collection of architecture and archaeology. Through a series of photographs, maps, drawings and paintings – many never before published – he takes the reader on a unique tour. 

Just like the city’s architecture, the book can move in an instant from sweeping views to secret, hidden vignettes. This is a story of famous landmarks and lost buildings; the people who made them; the people who lived in them. 

A Work of Beauty is an intimate portrait of a city by one of Scotland’s greatest storytellers.

  • Audiences:

    Members, Researchers, Visitors, Conservation and Heritage Enthusiasts
  • Contact:

    For more information please call 0845 370 0067 or email orders@booksource.net
  • Date Published:

    01 April 2016
  • Publisher:

    Historic Environment Scotland
  • Publication Types:

    General Interest
  • Author(s):

    Alexander McCall Smith

    Alexander McCall Smith enjoyed a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, before turning to writing full-time. He is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-six languages.
  • Format(s):

    Paperback
    £14.99
    ISBN: 9781902419909
    224pp, portrait, 300mm x 245mm
    220 (full colour)
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  • Language:

    English
  • Subjects:

    History, Scotland, Photographs: collections

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