School Ship Tober­mory sets sail from Mull

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WORLD-FA­MOUS writer Alexan­der McCall Smith re­laxed in the em­brace of Tober­mory as he launched his new book. His story School Ship To­ber

mory is the first book in a new ad­ven­ture se­ries for younger read­ers and was launched on the Mull on Oc­to­ber 15.

Alexan­der McCall Smith, creator of The No. 1 Ladies

De­tec­tive Agency trav­elled over to the is­land on his small boat from Morvern.

He was greeted by crowds at a sign­ing at the lo­cal book­shop, Tober­mory Tackle and Books, fol­lowed by a fam­ily event at Aros Hall. He fin­ished the day with a lit­er­ary din­ner at He­bridean Lodge where he thanked the peo­ple of Mull for his warm wel­come and for giv­ing him their bless­ing on nam­ing his School Ship


Alexan­der and his pub­lisher Hugh An­drew of Bir­linn were de­lighted to bring the book to Tober­mory first be­fore it is seen, read and talked about around the globe. Co-pub­lish­ers are al­ready in place in Amer­ica and Aus­tralia.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the author was the book’s il­lus­tra­tor, Iain McIn­tosh. Iain and Alexan­der have worked to­gether for many years and Iain’s work is eas­ily recog­nised, not only from his il­lus­tra­tions for Alexan­der’s

44 Scot­land Street se­ries, but also for a fine ex­am­ple of his work which ap­pears large on the wall of Tober­mory

Dis­tillery be­side the har­bour and en­graved into the glass of their door.

School ship Tober­mory tells the story of Ben and Fee MacTav­ish who are off to a new school.

But this is no or­di­nary school - it’s the School Ship To

bermory, where young peo­ple from all over the world train to be sailors and learn about all things nau­ti­cal. And what ad­ven­tures they have.

When a film crew ar­rives on an­other ship, the Al­ba­tross, Ben is one of the lucky ones to be cho­sen as a movie ex­tra. But af­ter a day’s film­ing, his sus­pi­cions are aroused - are the di­rec­tor and his crew re­ally mak­ing a film or are they up to some­thing more sin­is­ter.

Alexan­der McCall Smith said: ‘ Launch­ing the School

Ship Tober­mory in Tober­mory it­self was a won­der­ful idea of the pub­lish­ers. I am de­lighted this new se­ries for younger read­ers is based here and I look for­ward to writ­ing fu­ture books in the se­ries.

‘The School Ship Tober­mory will be vis­it­ing many dif­fer­ent parts of the world but it will al­ways re­turn to its home port - and what a won­der­ful home port that is.’

Iain said: ‘Be­ing in­volved in the book launch was won­der­ful.

‘Tober­mory Har­bour is the per­fect set­ting for the book and a real high­light was meet­ing har­bour master Jim Traynor.’

NEW CHAP­TER: Alexan­der McCall Smith sails into Tober­mory to

launch his new book.

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