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Unique Alexander McCall Smith story to be auctioned

22nd September 2009

Alexander McCall Smith is to auction a unique manuscript and a haul of precious stones for charity.

The author, who shot to fame with his The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, has donated a signed copy of a new mystery to raise money for the 500 Miles charity, which supports amputees and other disabled people in Malawi and Zambia.

In addition to owning the only copy of the manuscript in existence, the winner of the October 3rd auction will receive a set of diamonds worth GBP 6,500.

They will also be able to have the stones, which feature heavily in the story, set in a piece of jewellery of their choice by Edinburgh's Hamilton & Inches.

Former lawyer Olivia Giles, who asked the author to write the tale after losing her lower arms and legs to meningitis, commented: 'This unique manuscript will give his readers the chance to own their very own McCall Smith story.'

Recently, McCall Smith told the Daily Telegraph that his upcoming novel The Dog who Came in from the Cold, which is being serialised on the newspaper's website over the next 13 weeks, shares many similarities with television soaps as it gradually unrolls for the reader.

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