To the Land of Long Lost Friends - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Hardback)
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To the Land of Long Lost Friends - No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Hardback)

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The twentieth instalment in the beloved No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series finds Precious Ramotswe on as charming form as ever in a tale of smooth-talking preachers and vanishing money. With plenty of wry things to say about the human condition, To the Land of Long Lost Friends is a characteristic delight from McCall Smith.

The latest instalment from the beloved The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. . .

As Botswana waits for rain to nourish the land, Precious Ramotswe's thoughts turn to love and friendship as vital nourishment for the soul. Times are changing, she realises. These days, more and more women are not content just to be a man's wife. The men, however, are suspicious of the notion of vegetarianism, let alone gender equality . . .

At a local wedding Mme Ramotswe bumps into a long-lost friend, Calviniah, who confesses that her only daughter Nametso has inexplicably turned away from her. Not only that, an old acquaintance has simultaneously lost all her money and found solace in a charismatic ex-mechanic turned reverend, who seems to have cast a spell over several ladies in the region. With little work on at the agency, Precious and her colleague Mme Makutsi see no harm in investigating these curious situations. Meanwhile, part-time detective Charlie is anxious. He has few prospects and little money, so how can he convince his beloved Queenie-Queenie's father to approve of their marriage?

As Precious and Mme Makutsi dig deeper into the stories of Nametso and the mysterious reverend, Precious once again ponders the human condition. She chooses to believe in goodness, that if our hearts are open, true equality can be found with one another. But in this world can that assumption be justified? It will take all her ingenuity and great moral sense to get to the heart of the matter.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408711101
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 26 mm


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[To the Land of Long Lost Friends] touch[es] on both the minutiae of life and discussions of greater questions . . . Every page contains a gem of wit and insight, and there are also beautiful descriptions of the landscape, so much so that you can almost feel the throbbing heat of the day and the coolness of night. The gentle pace of the narrative gives the characters - and readers - time for reflection, and to dig deeper into wider questions of love, compassion and respect. The novel doesn't shy away from the most difficult subjects either. A moving passage about the life of a young orphan is likely to prompt tears in all but the hardest of hearts * Scotsman *

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“Same old, same old”

My dear Mma Ramotswe

In 2004, you found a wonderful man, Alexander McCall Smith to write your story. I will never forget the year and my excitement of meeting you for the first time. You restored my African soul and... More

Hardback edition
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“good quality read”

have read all of the No 1 Ladies detective agency books and found them very good each with its own theme

Hardback edition
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“This is the Botswana I remember”

Years ago, I used to work for a company that had offices in Botswana and I visited Gaborone on many occasions. To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith brings back happy memories of that time,... More

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