One day, out of the blue, Harriet Bean’s dad says to her, ‘Your aunts would like to hear about that!’ Harriet is shocked – this is the first time she’s heard anything about any aunts, and suddenly, she has five of them! Naturally, she’s very curious to meet them, especially as her dad has told her that they each have a rather special ability (apart from Aunt Majolica who’s just extremely bossy). The trouble is, the family was split up years ago and they all lost touch with one another. Will Harriet be able to reunite her dad with his sisters and enable the family portrait that was started many many years ago to finally be completed? She is determined, and starts her quest for the five missing aunts with a trip to the circus.
About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the author of over fifty books. These range from adult fiction to specialist titles, such as Forensic Aspects of Sleep, to a wide selection of children’s books. In 1999 The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was published. This book quickly became a bestseller and was voted one of the ‘International Books of the Year and the Millennium’ by the Times Literary Supplement. In America the success of the series was instant with sales exceeding two million in the USA alone. Winner of three Author of the Year awards in 2004 (British Book Awards, Booksellers’ Association and Waterstone’s), Bloomsbury Publishing are very proud and excited to be re-publishing Alexander’s key children’s books.