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

The Importance of Being Seven: 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street 6)

The Importance of Being Seven: 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street 6)

The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family continues in this sixth instalment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursu
The Double Comfort Safari Club (Audio)

The Double Comfort Safari Club (Audio)

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest.
Precious and the Puggies: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Precious and the Puggies: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Illustrated by Ian McIntosh and Transalted by James Robertson Tells the story of the girlhood adventures of Precious Ramotswe, founder of the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations

Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations

<div class="blurb"> In these hilarious stories of perverse meetings, casual dates and romantic encounters, we are enthralled, saddened, inspired and surprised by the encounters we wit
Children of Wax

Children of Wax

A collection of African folktales.
The Watermelon Boys

The Watermelon Boys

<p> Ma Rosie's watermelon's are the best in town, but old age now stops her making the trip to market to sell her fruit and it seems her farming days are over.
Springy Jane

Springy Jane

Springy Jane is an unusual baby. She doesn't just crawl - she bounces.

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