The Exquisite Art of Getting Even

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The characters in this delightful book are pushed to the point of no return and seek retribution. But how we get even is not always the best road to redemption. On the island of Mull, it takes an incomer to make the locals realise that they need to take matters into their own hands to maintain the community's reputation. In 'The Principles of Soap' the value of friendship overcomes adversity and opportunistic nepotism. In suburban Edinburgh opposing neighbours find out the hard way that the best way to deal with a canine disturbance is not to bury one's head in the sand. And in the final tale we meet an author on the brink of public ruin who sees the error of his ways after an act of kindness saves the day.These four tales show that the exquisite art of getting even is a skill that sees kindness win over malice. Tantalising and amusing, these stories show off a darker side but carry with them the author's trademark warmth and humour.Praise for Alexander McCall Smith's previous collections of short fiction:'Each story is a wonderful little window into an aspect of life' - Times Radio Interview'Easy to read, charismatic and charming' - Scottish Field'These stories are full of insight and empathy . . . Works of depth and beauty that would not be shamed in the company of the world's great short stories' - The Sydney Morning Herald'This collection is sure to delight' - Publishers Weekly