Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith (or Sandy as he is often known) has written and contributed to over a hundred books including fiction, non-fiction and more than thirty children’s books but he is best known for his No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series set in Botswana which has sold over twenty million copies worldwide.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Tears of the Giraffe
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Morality For Beautiful Girls
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The Full Cupboard Of Life
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Blue Shoes And Happiness
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The Miracle At Speedy Motors
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The Cleverness of Ladies
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Precious and Grace
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44 Scotland Street

44 Scotland Street
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Espresso Tales
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Love Over Scotland
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The World According To Bertie
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The Importance Of Being Seven
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Bertie Plays The Blues
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Sunshine on Scotland Street
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The Revolving Door of Life
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The Bertie Project
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A Time of Love and Tartan
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The Sunday Philosophy Club

(AKA The Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries)

The Sunday Philosophy Club
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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
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The Right Attitude To Rain
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The Comfort Of Saturdays
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The Lost Art Of Gratitude
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The Charming Quirks Of Others
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The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds
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The Novel Habits of Happiness
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A Distant View of Everything
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The Quiet Side of Passion
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Corduroy Mansions

Corduroy Mansions
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A Conspiracy Of Friends
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Professor Dr von Igelfeld Entertainments

The 21/2 Pillars Of Wisdom
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Unusual Uses For Olive Oil
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Other Novels

The Second Worst Restaurant in France
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The Department of Sensitive Crimes
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Dream Angus
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Trains and Lovers
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The Forever Girl
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Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
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Emma
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My Italian Bulldozer
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Short Stories and Anthologies


Children's Novels

School Ship Tobermory
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The Sands of Shark Island
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The Perfect Hamburger
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Calculator Annie
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The Doughnut Ring
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The Muscle Machine
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The Chocolate Money Mystery
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The Bursting Balloons Mystery
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Good Dog Lion
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Boing Boing
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
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Akimbo

Akimbo and the Elephants
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Akimbo and the Crocodile Man
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Akimbo and the Lions
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Akimbo and the Snakes
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Akimbo and the Baboons
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The Akimbo Adventures
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Harriet Bean


Young Precious Ramotswe


Non-Fiction

Who Built Scotland
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Better Than Fiction
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Lonely Planet Better than Fiction
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Better than Fiction 2
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A Work of Beauty
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Recommended further reading

If you’re looking for something that echoes McCall Smith’s unusual take on detective fiction, there are several series to try, including Shamini Flint’s Inspector Singh mysteries which feature a dishevelled, asthmatic detective with some unconventional methods. Similarly, Colin Cotteril’s Dr Siri series (featuring an investigative coroner in Laos) and Vaseem Khan’s Inspector Chopra mysteries are an intriguing blend of local colour and character-driven investigation. If it’s McCall Smith’s brand of quirky, wry humour that interests you, we suggest trying The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, a novel with a gently humorous philosophy and seemingly endless twists and turns.

For children’s writing about Africa, we recommend Lauren St John’s White Giraffe series (which features an intrepid heroine not unlike the young Precious Ramotswe) for more experienced readers and the classic, Handa’s Surprise, for younger children.