Alexander Mccall Smith - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by Alexander Mccall Smith

Precious and the Monkeys

Precious and the Monkeys

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2011

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 Detective she is today.  Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here we find out just who has been stealing her schoolfriends' snacks and how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love as she solves her first case! Kids aged 8 to 108 will love it!

Other books by Alexander Mccall Smith

Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery

Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Start your engines and get in gear for an action-packed story from the bestselling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, with fun and energetic illustrations by Kate Hindley. When Max finds an old car that has his last name - Champion - on the bonnet, he learns that his grandfather used to make some of the best cars around ... and race them! That is, until his ideas book and his favourite car, Arabella, were stolen by greedy rival Mr Grabber. Can Max find a way to get back what Grandfather Gus lost? And will Arabella ever be seen again?

Sands of Shark Island

Sands of Shark Island

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2017

Imagine going to school on a boat! The rip-roaring excitement continues in the second volume of thisadventure-mystery series set on the high seas, from the author of the beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency!Ben and Fee MacTavish and their schoolmates on board the School Ship Tobermory are headed thousands of miles from their base in Mull to a small island in the Caribbean. They will learn extraordinary details about Captain Macbeth's past and come face to face with modern-day pirates. The students and crew aboard the Tobermory will have to band together and use their wits to escape harm and overcome the evil pirates.

The Perfect Hamburger

The Perfect Hamburger

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

THE PERFECT HAMBURGER by the bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith is a wonderfully entertaining story, ideal for young readers. Joe has just created the yummiest, juiciest, most delicious hamburger ever - and his friend Mr Borthwick wants to sell it in his hamburger shop to try and win back customers from the new fast-food place across the road. But there's a problem - Joe has completely forgotten the recipe... A pinch of this, a touch of that and a spoonful of something else...the race is on for Joe to remember!

School Ship Tobermory

School Ship Tobermory

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2016

The author of the beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency draws from his own sailing experience to deliver this rip-roaring adventure on the high seas. The first volume in a middle-grade adventure-mystery series perfect for boys and girls!Ben and Fee MacTavish are twins who've been homeschooled on a submarine. Now they're heading to the School Ship Tobermory. This is no ordinary schoolit's a sailing ship where kids from around the world train to be sailors and learn about all things nautical. Come aboard as the kids set sail for their first adventure.Ben and Fee make friends as they adjust to life aboard the Tobermory. When a film crew arrives on a nearby ship, the Albatross, Ben is one of the lucky kids chosen as a movie extra. But after a day's filming, his suspicions are aroused. Are the director and crew really shooting a film? Or are they protecting a secret on the lower decks of the Albatross? Ben, Fee, and their friends set out to investigate. Are they prepared for what they might find?From the Hardcover edition.

Alexander McCall Smith's Marvellous Mix-ups

Alexander McCall Smith's Marvellous Mix-ups

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

An irresistible bind-up edition of two infectiously entertaining adventure mysteries, Spaghetti Tangle and Teacher Trouble, from the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, and with amazing illustrations by Kate Hindley throughout. Spaghetti Tangle John and Nicky would give anything in the world for a bowl of chips or a piece of chocolate cake, but they live with their strange aunty and she won't let them eat anything that's not raw! One day they sneek out and slurp down a plate piled high with spaghetti. Now they want more ... Lucky for them, there's a competition to visit the spaghetti factory and eat as much as you like. What will aunty say? Teacher Trouble It's Jenny's first day at a new school and she looks very grown-up - her mum has made sure of it. But when she arrives at the school, she looks so smart that the rest of her class think she is their new teacher! Soon Jenny finds herself in all sorts of tricky situations. How long will it be before Jenny is found out? And what will happen then?

Precious and the Zebra Necklace A New Case for Precious Ramotswe

Precious and the Zebra Necklace A New Case for Precious Ramotswe

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2015

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 private investigator we all know and love!Find out as Alexander McCall Smith tells the story of in another adventure featuring Precious Ramotswe.

The Akimbo Adventures

The Akimbo Adventures

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Three classic adventure tales from the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, now together in paperback for the first time. Imagine living in the heart of Africa. Imagine living in a place where the sun rises every morning over blue mountains. Akimbo and his parents live on the edge of an African game reserve. It's his father's task to protect the thousands of amazing animals who make it their home, and wildlife-loving Akimbo dreams of helping him. In these three adventures, Akimbo protects elephants from poachers, saves a lion cub from a trap, and rescues a man from a crocodile! This 3-in-1 collection contains Akimbo and the Elephants, Akimbo and the Lions and Akimbo and the Crocodile Man. Fans of The Jungle Book and the Just So Stories will love these stories of wild animals and thrilling adventures. Alexander McCall Smith grew up in Zimbabwe and then moved to Scotland. He was a professor of Medical Law and has written almost 100 books, including the well-loved and bestselling No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. He lives in Edinburgh. Illustrator Peter Bailey has worked with some of Britain's best-known authors and poets, including Allan Ahlberg, Dick King-Smith, Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman.

Mystery of the Missing Lion

Mystery of the Missing Lion

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/2014

A detective in the wild. Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a new lion arrives. But this is no average lion: Teddy is an actor-lion who came with a film crew. When Teddy escapes, Precious and her resourceful new friend Khumo decide to use their detective skills to help track him. They will brave the wilds of the bushand its hippos and crocodilesas they try to find where Teddy has gone.

Mystery of Meerkat Hill

Mystery of Meerkat Hill

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 22/10/2013

Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people's lives. There are two new students in her class, a girl called Teb and a boy called Pontsho. She learns that they are brother and sister, andeven more excitingthat Pontsho has a clever pet meerkat named Kosi. One day, Teb and Pontsho's family's cow disappears. Precious helps them look for clues to find the cow. But getting the cow back home will require some quick thinking and help from an unexpected source.

Precious and the Mischief at Meerkat Brae A Young Precious Ramotswe Case (Scots)

Precious and the Mischief at Meerkat Brae A Young Precious Ramotswe Case (Scots)

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2013

Itchy Coo and Black & White Publishing are delighted to present a new case for the young Precious Ramotswe, translated into Scots for the very first time. 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 private investigator we know and love. In The Mischief at Meerkat Brae , Precious befriends a new boy to her school called Pontsho and his sister Teb, and when she goes to their home for the first time, she discovers that they have an unusual pet, a very clever meerkat called Kosi. Then, when Pontsho and Teb become very upset when their cow goes missing, Precious decides to use her detective skills to solve the mystery but soon finds that all is not quite as simple as it seems on Meerkat Brae...

Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2012

THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY - Young Readers Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humornot to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea. Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective?This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious.When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Precious and the Puggies Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Precious and the Puggies Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/02/2011

'World First' a brand new story from Alexander McCall Smith that is now available in paperback! A world first from Itchy Coo, this is a brand new book for younger readers, telling the story of the girlhood adventures of Precious Ramotswe, founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Written by one of the world's favourite authors, Alexander McCall Smith, and translated into Scots by award winning author, James Robertson, this story will not be available in any other language until 2011. The Scots is simple and accessible, and a glossary will be provided for those not familiar with Scots words.

Akimbo and the Baboons

Akimbo and the Baboons

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

Includes brilliant baboon facts! Akimbo loves his life in Africa and the animals that live there. In this newest Akimbo story, a lady comes to study the baboons in the game reserve where Akimbo's father is the head ranger. Akimbo is keen to help and find out all he can about baboons - and in so doing comes closer to a much more dangerous animal

Akimbo and the Snakes

Akimbo and the Snakes

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Akimbo loves his life in Africa. He loves living in the great game reserve where his father is ranger. He is able to see all sorts of wonderful animals. But he doesn't see many snakes - they usually slither away when he gets close. But then his Uncle Peter asks if Akimbo would like to visit his snake park and Akimbo jumps at the chance!

The Banana Machine

The Banana Machine

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2006

Patty lives with her Aunt Bat on a banana plantation in Jamaica. Unfortunately, as it's such a small plantation, they're having trouble keeping up with the competition, and Aunt Bat is worried they'll have to sell up. Patty needs to think of an idea to turn things around, and fast! Inspiration comes to her as she's digging into a chocolate banana special at her local ice-cream parlour. All she needs to do is invent a machine - a banana machine. Will Patty's mechanical wizardry help the plantation out of its crisis? Or, like the bananas, are her ideas round the bend?

The Muscle Machine

The Muscle Machine

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2006

Gordon is frustrated that Ted, the school bully, gets away with pushing people around - including Gordon! So when he spots an advertisement for Mr World's muscle machine, he's immediately curious and decides to send off for one. 'Don't be impatient' says the instruction booklet that comes with the machine. 'Muscles don't grow in one day. Take it bit by bit and you'll be surprised at what happens!' And indeed he is.In fact, Gordon's surprise, as well as his muscles, just keeps on growing!

The Perfect Hamburger

The Perfect Hamburger

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/1984

`That,' said Mr Borthwick, `was the best hamburger I've ever tasted!' Joe has just created the yummiest, juciest, most delicious hamburger ever - and his friend Mr Borthwick wants to sell it in his new hamburger shop. But there's a problem - Joe has completely forgotten the recipe and the shop is opening very soon. A pinch of this, a touch of that and a spoonful of something else...the race is on for Joe to remember!

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