The Perfect Passion Company

Alexander McCall Smith author


Publisher:Birlinn General

Published:1st Feb '24


Available for immediate dispatch.

The Perfect Passion Company cover

The Perfect Passion Dating Company at No. 24 Mouse Lane in Edinburgh's New Town is run by Katie Donald who has an innate instinct for bringing people together. She has developed a skill for finding out what it is that people really want. Along the way, Katie learns profound lessons about her own desires as she works at better understanding others. Although Katie has little in the way of direct experience, with the help of her amiable and handsome office neighbour William Kidd, she soon finds herself making matches for the lonely hearts tired of meeting online – and who want a more personal touch.

For fans of Alexander McCall Smith's many beloved series and romantic standalone novels, The Perfect Passion Company shows him at his most perceptive, playful, and generous. In the way that only McCall Smith can, this novel offers a glimpse inside the psychology of matchmaking, the search for love and companionship, and the mysterious spark of attraction that can, at times, catch hold of us all.

Two stories that wind their way into this wonderful novel were previously available in different forms as e-book only shorts.

'As always with McCall Smith, expect the kind of dialogue you wish you could have more often, keen observations, comic plot twists, and a main character to cheer for' 

* Booklist *

'There is, as ever in his work, abundant delight ...  In his concern for right thought and conduct he is one of the most considerable and satisfying, as well as delightful, novelists working today'

-- Allan Massie * The Scotsman *

'An absolutely gorgeous standalone tale from one of the most astute and compassionate observers of humanity... The Perfect Passion Company is oh-so engaging and enjoyable as it explores our human need for love and companionship.'

* LoveReading *

'An antidote to depressing news cycles, this is a safe place to sit for a while and read a gentle, charming story... if you are looking for a book that will help you escape real life for a while, then I would definitely recommend this'

* Bookbag, 5 STARS *

'Sweet, romantic, hopeful and full of beautiful prose; I was swept away and the cherry on top was having Edinburgh as the stunning backdrop'

-- @shellymackbooks

'The Perfect Passion Company marks the start of one of the author’s most compelling series yet'

* Oban Times *

'a really good read... there's something for everybody... [McCall Smith is] an incredible ambassador for the country'

-- Breege Smyth * Oban FM *

'This Week's Hot Read… Another wonderful read from the much-loved author of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. We loved it'

* Woman magazine *

'Warm and witty… Katie and her gorgeous (but unavailable) office neighbour William steer clients on the path to love. A read that delves into the fascinating world of matchmaking'

* Woman's Own *

'Laced with McCall Smith’s trademark wit and humour'

* Sunday Post *

'If you need cheering up, enjoy a gentle romance, or something uplifting and warm-hearted, then treat yourself to The Perfect Passion Company'

* Sixtyplussurfers *

'gentle stories of finding love in the refined streets of the New Town'

* Portobello Book Bl

ISBN: 9781846976599

Dimensions: 216mm x 128mm x 27mm

Weight: 510g

360 pages