44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith first appeared in daily episodes in The Scotsman newspaper in 2004, and was published in book form later that year by Polygon with great success.

Each daily episode in the newspaper featured an illustration by Iain Mcintosh.

The adventures of Bertie the child prodigy, Cyril the dog with the gold tooth, and raffish painter Angus Lordie became an instant hit and a further nine series and book publications followed.

44 Scotland Street (2004) Espresso Tales (2005) Love Over Scotland (2006) The World According to Bertie (2007) The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (2008) The Importance of Being Seven (2010) Bertie Plays the Blues (2011) Sunshine on Scotland Street (2012) Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers (2013)

How an episode looked in the newspaper