The Girl Who Married a Lion Folktales from Africa by Alexander McCall Smith
  

Synopsis

The Girl Who Married a Lion Folktales from Africa by Alexander McCall Smith

A girl marrying a lion? A beautiful woman who is really a leopard? A tree that can feed a family? Let bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith whisk you off to a place where magic is ordinary and bizarre things happen everyday, in this weird, wonderful and sometimes very funny celebration of African folk tales.

Reviews

A collection of charm and tenderness * Daily Telegraph * The most entertaining read of the year * Guardian * Highly amusing, intelligent, and heart-warming * Scotsman * Retold in his own deceptively elegant fashion, the simple moral truths of these brilliant stories shine through in a way that is wholesome and highly rewarding. * Herald *

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith

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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Book Info

Format

Paperback
144 pages
Interest Age: 9-12

Author

Alexander McCall Smith
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Author's Website

www.alexandermccallsmith.co...

Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2005

ISBN

9781841957296


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