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In the latest entertaining and hilarious Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld novel, our hopelessly out-of-touch hero is forced to confront uppity librarians, the rector of the university and a possible hostile takeover, all while trying to remain studiously above it all.

Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld and his colleagues at the University of Regensburg’s Institute of Romance Philology pride themselves on their unwavering commitment to intellectual excellence. They know it is their job to protect a certain civilized approach to the scholarly arts. So when a new deputy librarian, Dr. Hilda Schreiber-Ziegler, threatens to drag them all down a path of progressive inclusivity, they are determined to stop her in the name of scholarship – even if that requires von Igelfeld to make the noble sacrifice of running for director of the Institute. Alas, politics is never easy, and in order to put his best foot forward, von Igelfeld will be required to take up a visiting fellowship at Oxford and cultivate the attentions of a rather effusive young American scholar. Still, von Igelfeld has always heeded the clarion call of duty, especially when it comes with a larger office.

Reviews

No one pricks pomposity and self-importance as hilariously as Alexander McCall Smith . . . he captures absurdities with a gentle lampooning that we laugh at while perhaps also recognising such tendencies in ourselves . . . Your Inner Hedgehog might be just the antidote we need to the constant real-world cacophony of hyperbolic argument and mud-slinging that seems to surround every debate on every issue
Kirsty McLuckie, Scotsman

Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld