Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The Second Worst Restaurant in France’ publishing in May

British-Zimbabwean writer Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The Second Worst Restaurant in France‘ is due for publication on May 9th.

It is the second book in his Paul Stewart series, and one of his first to be based in France.

The publisher’s blurb about ‘The Second Worst Restaurant in France‘ has this to say about the book:


Renowned cookbook writer Paul Stuart, renewed and refreshed from his time in Tuscany, has returned to Scotland to work on his new book, ‘The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters’. Writing, though, is complicated by Paul’s changed domestic circumstances. His editor and new girlfriend, Gloria, has moved in with him despite not being specifically invited, and she’s brought her two rather demanding Siamese cats.

When Paul’s cousin, Chloe, suggests Paul visit her in the French countryside, Paul jumps at the chance. However, once he arrives, he finds his fortunes tangled up with the infamous local restaurant that gives the book its title.

In this story about a man who prides himself on his taste finding delight in the most unexpected places, we have Alexander McCall Smith at his most witty and charming.

Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The Second Worst Restaurant in France‘ is the prolific author’s latest novel, and one of over 100 books that he has published in the last 38 or so years. He published adult fiction, children’s fiction, anthologies, short story collections, and even academic texts.

He is most well-known for his series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. A series of 19 novels so far.

Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The Second Worst Restaurant in France‘ follows on from the first book in this new series — My Italian Bulldozer.

The Second Worst Restaurant in France‘ will be available from May 9th, 2019 at all major and indie bookstores and online, in hardcover, audio and on Kindle. The paperback version of the book will be published in July.

Learn more about McCall Smith’s writing career in the video from publisher Little, Brown Book Group below.


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Michelle Topham