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Bestsellers all for Badenoch and Strathspey in Book Week Scotland

By Tom Ramage

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Badenoch and Strathspey's bookworms are in for a treat today and tomorrow during Book Week.

This afternoon at 1pm bestseller Alexander McCall Smith will be teaming up with Grantown's Bookmark and The Glenlivet to tell some stories and enjoy a dram on The Malt Whisky Trail Instagram channel.

Loved the world over for his No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series, McCall Smith will narrate stories and poetry from his home in Edinburgh in a collaboration with Speyside's bestselling beverage.

“Visiting The Malt Whisky Trail is a marvellous way for visitors to Scotland, as well as Scots themselves, to discover a part of the country rich in historical associations," he said.

“Whisky and storytelling in Scotland have more than a passing acquaintanceship. Book Week Scotland and the Malt Whisky Trail are natural partners, and I am really looking forward to being a part of this.”

With a warming dram of Glenlivet, Alexander will roam the world – sharing first his love for Scotland with its rich heritage of storytelling and finishing with a very special treat in the form of a poem from his new collection, In a Time of Distance, which perfectly captures travel and home amidst a time of isolation.

The Malt Whisky Trail has also partnered with local independent bookstore The Bookmark in Grantown-on-Spey to sell Alexander’s latest works for the duration of Book Week Scotland, encouraging locals to get involved.

Meanwhile, local hero Cameron McNeish will at The Bookmark on Grantown's High Street in person tomorrow (Wednesday) from 2pm to sign copies of his latest bestseller, "Come by the hills", whichcelebrates his life on the Scottish hills, his many friendships with hill-goers, writers, broadcasters and active people of all kinds.

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