World Book Night 2013 - 'The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency'

This year's giveaway for World Book Night. I opted for Alexander McCall Smith's 'The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' because it's just a lovely book. Well-written, easy to read and - although I don't usually enjoy detective stories - a great weaving together of mysteries to solve.

The characters come alive and it's also one of the few occasions when a TV adaptation adds something, rather than detracting from the book. Anthony Minghella's last film, it's simply, simply beautiful.