I got this book the day it came out in the US, where I'm currently staying. I've never read Alexander McCall Smith's fiction, but he grabbed my interest by writing about Auden. The book is short and sweet, as are its chapters, and it's refreshingly human and unpretentious. It's a mix of introduction to the poet, memoir about the author's discovery of him, and heartfelt reflection on Auden's genius and its prevailing relevance even as the world advances ever more into the future he feared. A great starting place for a newcomer to his poetry, and a lovely reminder of what is so great about WHA for those of us who've read him from a young age.