Alexander McCall Smith

Creator of the hugely successful No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series...

Alexander McCall Smith

Biography

Date of birth: 24 August 1948

As well as being the author of a number of hugely successful series of books, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street and the Isabel Dalhousie series to name but a few, McCall Smith is also a well-respected professor of medical law. He is a co-founder of the University of Botswana and a co-writer of the only book on the country's legal system. He has also served as the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee.

McCall Smith is a hugely prolific author who publishes an average of three books a year. Apparently not quite busy enough, he also found time to create The Really Terrible Orchestra, a group of amateur musicians who don’t let their lack of talent get in the way of their love of music.

He currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.

Book and writing awards

Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library Award 2004, British Book Awards Author of the Year 2004, OBE for services to literature 2006.

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The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

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The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 15 (Hardback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Hardback 256 pages
Published: 18/09/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown

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Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the... Read more

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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 14 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 18/02/2014
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As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and the resumption of the eternal cycle, seismic upheaval is taking place at the No. 1... Read more

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 1

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 1 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 05/06/2003
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4 out of 5

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a... Read more

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Tears of the Giraffe - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 2

Tears of the Giraffe - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 2 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 07/08/2003
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THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY introduced the world to the one and only Precious Ramotswe - the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's... Read more

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Morality for Beautiful Girls - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 3

Morality for Beautiful Girls - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 3 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 06/11/2003
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THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY published in 1998, introduced the world to the one and only Precious Ramotswe, the engaging and sassy owner of... Read more

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The Kalahari Typing School for Men - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 4

The Kalahari Typing School for Men - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 4 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 26/02/2004
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5 out of 5

Ex-CID. Ex-New York. Ex-cellent' reads the sign outside the Satisfaction Guarantee Detective Agency. Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks the talk,... Read more

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The Full Cupboard of Life - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 5

The Full Cupboard of Life - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 5 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 01/07/2004
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5 out of 5

Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first book, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will... Read more

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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 6 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 28/02/2005
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Precious Ramotswe, that cheerful Botswanan private investigator of 'traditional build', is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni of Tlokweng... Read more

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Blue Shoes and Happiness - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 7

Blue Shoes and Happiness - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 7 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 11/02/2006
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Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of... Read more

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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 8

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 8 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Published: 07/02/2008
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As winter turns to spring across the red earth, acacia trees and slow green rivers of Botswana, all is not quite as it should be on Zebra Drive,... Read more

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The Miracle at Speedy Motors - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 9

The Miracle at Speedy Motors - No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. 9 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Published: 05/02/2009
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It has never occurred to Precious Ramotswe that there might be disadvantages to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana. But when she... Read more

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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 10

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 10 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 04/02/2010
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It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice... Read more

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The Double Comfort Safari Club - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 11

The Double Comfort Safari Club - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 11 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 28/01/2011
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Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former... Read more

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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 12

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 12 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 29/03/2012
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As the countdown to Mma Makutsi's wedding begins, all is not as it should be at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. While investigating... Read more

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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 13

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 13 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 14/03/2013
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Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection. But who is... Read more

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The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom - Von Igelfeld Entertainments 1-3 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 11/11/2004
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Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a... Read more

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Unusual Uses for Olive Oil: A Von Igelfeld Novel - Von Igelfeld Entertainments 4 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 04/10/2012
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Life is so unfair, and it sends many things to try Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, author of Portuguese Irregular Verbs and pillar of the... Read more

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The Sunday Philosophy Club - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 1

The Sunday Philosophy Club - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 1 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Published: 07/02/2013
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Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who also uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. Isabel is Editor of the Review of Applied... Read more

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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 2

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 2 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Published: 07/02/2013
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Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher she is certain of where she... Read more

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The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 3

The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 3 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 30/07/2007
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The key to contentment in the Scottish climate is the right attitude to rain - just as in life the key to happiness lies in making the best of what... Read more

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The Careful Use of Compliments - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 4

The Careful Use of Compliments - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 4 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 07/02/2013
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For philosophically minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful... Read more

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The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 6

The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 6 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 05/08/2010
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Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur solver of other people's problems, meets an old foe, Minty Auchterlonie, at a birthday party attended... Read more

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The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 7

The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 7 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 14/05/2011
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As well as its advantages, there are drawbacks to the enlightened village that is twenty-first-century Edinburgh, where every Saturday night ears... Read more

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The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 8

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 8 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 02/08/2012
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Happy with her husband-to-be and beloved son, Isabel Dalhousie has feelings about parenthood that grow more tender daily. So when Jane, a visiting... Read more

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The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 9

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds - Isabel Dalhousie Novels 9 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 01/08/2013
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As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel Dalhousie is aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a... Read more

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44 Scotland Street - 44 Scotland Street 1

44 Scotland Street - 44 Scotland Street 1 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 11/08/2005
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The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately... Read more

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Espresso Tales: The Latest from 44 Scotland Street - 44 Scotland Street 2 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 01/04/2006
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In Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith returns home to Edinburgh and the glorious cast of his own tales of the city, the residents of 44 Scotland... Read more

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Love Over Scotland - 44 Scotland Street 3

Love Over Scotland - 44 Scotland Street 3 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 03/05/2007
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With his characteristic warmth, inventiveness and brilliant wit, Alexander McCall Smith gives us more of the gloriously entertaining comings and... Read more

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The World According to Bertie - 44 Scotland Street 4

The World According to Bertie - 44 Scotland Street 4 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 24/04/2008
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Poor put-upon Bertie is still struggling to escape his overbearing mother's influence, his yoga lessons and his pink bedroom while wondering why... Read more

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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones - 44 Scotland Street 5

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones - 44 Scotland Street 5 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 07/05/2009
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To the casual observer, the great enlightened city of Edinburgh, home of no-nonsense philosophers and cream teas, might appear immune to the... Read more

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The Importance of Being Seven - 44 Scotland Street 6

The Importance of Being Seven - 44 Scotland Street 6 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 02/06/2011
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Despite inhabiting a great city renowned for its impeccable restraint, the extended family of 44 Scotland Street is trembling on the brink of... Read more

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Bertie Plays the Blues - 44 Scotland Street 7

Bertie Plays the Blues - 44 Scotland Street 7 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 24/05/2012
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Even down to its well-set Georgian townhouses, Edinburgh is a hymn to measure and harmony. But on Scotland Street, domestic accord is in short... Read more

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Sunshine on Scotland Street - 44 Scotland Street 8

Sunshine on Scotland Street - 44 Scotland Street 8 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 18/07/2013
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Scotland Street witnesses the wedding of the century of Angus Lordie to Domenica Macdonald, but as the newlyweds depart on honeymoon Edinburgh is in... Read more

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Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A Scotland Street Novel - 44 Scotland Street 9

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A Scotland Street Novel - 44 Scotland Street 9 (Hardback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Hardback 368 pages
Published: 22/07/2013
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Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and... Read more

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Corduroy Mansions - Corduroy Mansions 1

Corduroy Mansions - Corduroy Mansions 1 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 06/05/2010
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4 out of 5

Welcome to Corduroy Mansions in Pimlico: a temple of Arts and Crafts architecture, with comforting, weathered brickwork and frankly frivolous dormer... Read more

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The Dog Who Came in from the Cold - Corduroy Mansions 2

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold - Corduroy Mansions 2 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 07/04/2011
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In the genteel environs of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico, strange doings are afoot, mostly in the name of love. Lonely William French and his faithful... Read more

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A Conspiracy of Friends - Corduroy Mansions 3

A Conspiracy of Friends - Corduroy Mansions 3 (Paperback)

by Alexander McCall Smith

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 12/04/2012
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Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico is an oasis of old-fashioned civilisation, its inhabitants considerate and peace-loving. But beneath the polite exterior... Read more

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