Author details

Alexander McCall Smith

Biography

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe in 1948 and was educated there and in Scotland. He worked as a Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, 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 has been a visiting Professor at various other universities including in Italy and the USA and is an international authority on genetics and advisor to UNESCO and to the British government on bioethics. He took unpaid leave from the University of Edinburgh in 2004 to allow him to concentrate on his writing. 'Sandy' has written more than sixty books ranging from reference works such as 'The Forensic Aspects of Sleep' to his immensely popular children's titles including 'The Perfect Hamburger' and 'The Bubblegum Tree' and his much loved series of gentle detective novels, set in Botswana: 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series. 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series was first published in 1998 by Polygon, a small Edinburgh-based publishing house. Word-of-mouth promotion led to a quiet growth of sales which exploded in 2001. Today throughout the world readers are devouring the books by this Edinburgh based author. Sales of 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series now stand at almost ten million copies in the English language and the series is in the process of being translated into 34 languages worldwide, from Korean to Croatian. Alexander McCall is married with two daughters and lives with his wife in Edinburgh. He is patron to a number of charities including Waverley Care and Scottish Book Trust, BRAW's umbrella organisation.

Current events and projects

No visits at present.

Local authority where they are based

Other

Local authorities where they can work

Other

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Adults

LL funded

No

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion

Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries.

Precious and the Mischief at Meerkat Brae

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.

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi have always relied on the advice of the classic guide to their trade, The Principles of Private Detection.
Precious and the Monkeys

Precious and the Monkeys

Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries.
The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

In the genteel environs of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico, strange doings are afoot, mostly in the name of love.
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12

As the countdown to Mma Makutsi's wedding begins, all is not as it should be at the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
Scotland Street 6 (audio)

Scotland Street 6 (audio)

Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man, is approached by a friend at a local boarding school that is planning to appoint a new headmaster; an a
The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and curious observer of the behaviour of her fellow man, is approached by a friend at a local boarding school that is planning to appoint a new headmaster; an a
The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel:

The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel:

Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and amateur solver of other people's problems, meets an old foe, Minty Auchterlonie, at a birthday party attended by their young children.

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