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Alexander Mccall Smith - Author

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children's books. But he is best known for his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, published in the US in 2002 and 2003. The first installment, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, received two Booker Judge's Special Recommendations upon its U.K. publication in 1998, and in 2003 received The Saga Wit Award (commonly known as the "silver Booker" for authors over the age of 50). The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series now numbers a total of five books (he is working on the sixth) and has been optioned for feature film. The series has become an international bestseller, with more than 3.5 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (formerly called Southern Rhodesia) and was educated there and in Scotland. He became a law professor in Scotland, and it was in this role that he first returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped to set up a new law school at the University of Botswana. He was for many years Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, and a visiting professor at a number of other universities elsewhere, including ones in Italy and the United States (where he has twice been visiting professor at SMU Law School in Dallas, Texas).

In addition to his university work, he was for four years the vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.

Alexander McCall Smith currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth (an Edinburgh doctor), their two daughters Lucy and Emily, and their cat Gordon. His hobbies include playing wind instruments, and he is the co-founder of an amateur orchestra called "The Really Terrible Orchestra" in which he plays the bassoon and his wife plays the flute.

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Reader ReviewedPrecious and the Zebra Necklace
Alexander Mccall Smith
Precious Ramotswe's career as a detective began when she was just nine, long before she set up the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Her early adventures are described in this lovely series for young readers. Precious really likes the new...
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Format: Paperback | Released 22/09/2016
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Boing Boing
Alexander Mccall Smith - illustrated by Zoe Persico
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child The story of a little girl who literally has a spring in her step (in her knees to be precise)...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2016
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The Sands of Shark Island
Alexander Mccall Smith - illustrated by Iain McIntosh
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 Alexander McCall Smith gives the boarding school story a refreshing nautical makeover in this second dashing adventure for twins Ben and Fee. The twins attend School Ship Tobermory, a boarding school on...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith - illustrated by Kate Hindley
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedSchool Ship Tobermory
Alexander Mccall Smith - illustrated by Iain McIntosh
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Alexander McCall Smith has taken the ever-popular set up for a proper children's story – group of plucky kids, no parents – and added to the scope for adventure tenfold by setting...
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Format: Hardback | Released 15/10/2015
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Explosive Adventures
Alexander Mccall Smith - illustrated by Kate Hindley
There are two stories in this attractive little book, both involving food, animals and independent adventuring, a great combination for children! The Popcorn Pirates takes place in the Caribbean where a group of children single-handedly take on the pirates who...
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Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedPrecious and the Zebra Necklace A New Case for Precious Ramotswe
Alexander Mccall Smith
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Precious Ramotswe's career as a detective began when she was just nine, long before she set up the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Her early adventures are described in this lovely series...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2015
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Good Dog Lion
Alexander Mccall Smith - illustrated by David Dean
Interest Age 5-8 They always say a man's best friend is his dog and in this beautiful, heartwarming story set in Africa about a young boy and his yearning for a pet dog. When Timo brings home an injured dog...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2014
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Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill
Alexander Mccall Smith
Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith tells a charming detective story for children as Precious, even while still a young girl, shows early signs of curiousity and a determination to find things out. When two new children arrive in school Precious...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/07/2014
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Precious and the Case of the Missing Lion A New Case for Precious Ramotswe
Alexander Mccall Smith
Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here, in this delightful, new, enchanting tale for children, we see how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/07/2014
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Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion A New Case for Precious Ramotswe
Alexander Mccall Smith
Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here, in this delightful, new, enchanting tale for children, we see how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/08/2013
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Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill A New Case for Precious Ramotwse
Alexander Mccall Smith
Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith tells a charming detective story for children as Precious, even while still a young girl, shows early signs of curiousity and a determination to find things out. When two new children arrive in school Precious...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2012
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Reader ReviewedPrecious and the Monkeys
Alexander Mccall Smith
If you're a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Detective Agency series or know someone who is then do take a look at this delightful and enchanting children's tale telling how the young Precious Ramotswe became the No. 1...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2012
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Precious and the Monkeys
Alexander Mccall Smith
If you're a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Detective Agency series or know someone who is then do take a look at this delightful and enchanting children's tale telling how the young Precious Ramotswe became the No. 1...
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Format: Hardback | Released 28/06/2011
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Akimbo And The Baboons
Alexander Mccall Smith
A fascinating insight into African wildlife. In this new story about Akimbo, a young boy growing up on a game reserve, he learns all about baboons and discovers some of the dangers that surround them. For more African adventures by the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2008
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Akimbo And The Snakes
Alexander Mccall Smith
A visit to a snake park! Akimbo is used to all kinds of wildlife as his father works in an African game reserve, but a visit to a snake park is something very special. Taken by his Uncle, Akimbo sets...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2006
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The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean
Alexander Mccall Smith
When Harriet turns nine, her father says, “Your aunts would like to hear about that!†Harriet had no idea that she had any aunts and suddenly she finds that she has five. Five aunts, all interesting, talented and, above all,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2006
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Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats
Alexander Mccall Smith
This has huge appeal and great fun. Harriet and her aunts undertake some serious detection in the world of horseracing. But have they taken on more than they can handle? McCall Smith portrays his characters quite brilliantly. This series of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2006
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The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean
Alexander Mccall Smith
Having found her five aunts Harriet heads off on an adventure with two of them to catch some cattle thieves. Brilliant detection and a whole load of fun on the way and larger than life characters in the form of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2006
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The Joke Machine
Alexander Mccall Smith
5-7 years. This entertaining and nicely-told easy reader tells the story of the joke machine which Jeffrey discovers hidden away in Mr Prendergast's junk shop where he works on a Saturday morning. Broken when he finds it, Jeffrey is determined...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2006
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