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August 31 2019
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Topping & Company Booksellers of St. Andrews, Scotland.

St. Andrews, on the east coast of Scotland, is the home of golf and the seat of an ancient university. But it is also where you will find Topping & Company, one of three bookstores owned by Robert Topping, considered among the greatest booksellers of our time (a fourth location is set to open in Edinburgh in the coming months). When I step inside its front door, I immediately see handpicked books that I feel have been placed there just for me. Every one seems to have been chosen with infinite care and seems … well, seems just right. This is what Heaven is like—books, leather armchairs, coffee … and Mr. Topping is such a sympathetic St. Peter.

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels. Pantheon will publish To the Land of Long Lost Friends, the next in his series, in October

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