The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

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The Dog Who Came in from the Cold
Author Alexander McCall Smith
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Corduroy Mansions
Subject The inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions
Genre Fiction
Publisher Polygon
Publication date
7 Aug 2010
Media type Hardback
Pages 312
ISBN 978-1-84697-161-7
Preceded by Corduroy Mansions
Followed by A Conspiracy of Friends

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold is the second online novel by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. In the first series, the author wrote a chapter a day, starting on 15 Sep 2008, the series running for 20 weeks and totalling 100 episodes. The daily chapters, read by Andrew Sachs were also available as an audio download. The second and third series were published online, running from Monday 21 September 2009 and Monday 13 September 2010, respectively.[1]

Episodic writing[edit]

The concept for The Dog Who Came in from the Cold is based on Charles Dickensepisodic writing – which were novels serialised through journals in weekly or monthly instalments, in the 1800s. Following a meeting with acclaimed San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin, Alexander McCall Smith pursued this method of writing in 2004 with his novel 44 Scotland Street. The story was serialised in instalments every weekday through The Scotsman newspaper.

As Corduroy Mansions and its successors was released online, readers had the opportunity to interact with each other and the author himself through online discussion boards. This was edited by the Daily Telegraph staff.

The project is a collaboration between Telegraph Media Group, Little Brown and Polygon (the fiction imprint of Birlinn Ltd).


The story is set in a fictional housing unit in London nicknamed Corduroy Mansions, and details the lives of the inhabitants of the large Pimlico house and others.

The main characters are Barbara Ragg, Basil Wickramsinghe, Berthea Snark, Caroline Jarvis, Dee Binder, Eddie French, Freddie de la Hay, Jenny Hedge, Jo Partlin, Marcia Light, Oedipus Snark, Terence Moongrove, and William French.

The chapters for this book in The Telegraph' ran from 21 Sept 2009 until 19 Dec 2009.

Book three in the series, "A Conspiracy of Friends" ran from 13 Sept 2010 until 17 Dec 2010.


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