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

Akimbo And The Baboons

Akimbo And The Baboons

Akimbo loves his life in Africa and the animals that live there. In this newest Akimbo story, Akimbo finds out all about baboons, and comes closer than he would like to a much more dangerous animal
Akimbo and the Baboons

Akimbo and the Baboons

Akimbo loves his life in Africa and the animals that live there. In this newest Akimbo story, Akimbo finds out all about baboons, and comes closer than he would like to a much more dangerous animal.
Akimbo and the Lions (paperback)

Akimbo and the Lions (paperback)

There's a hungry lion stealing cattle, and Akimbo's father has to catch it. But instead, he traps a cub. The cub won't survive for long without its mother. Can Akimbo help save it?
Akimbo and the Snakes (paperback)

Akimbo and the Snakes (paperback)

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.
Max & Maddy and The Bursting Balloons Mystery

Max & Maddy and The Bursting Balloons Mystery

Max and Maddy are on the trail of a criminal who'll stop at nothing to sabotage Mr Helium's trans-American hot-air balloon race.
The Joke Machine

The Joke Machine

Jeffrey spends his Saturdays working in Mr Prendergast's junk shop. One day, while they are sorting things out, they uncover a mysterious machine.
Akimbo and the Snakes

Akimbo and the Snakes

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.
Folk Tales from Africa: The Baboons Who Went This Way and That

Folk Tales from Africa: The Baboons Who Went This Way and That

A man with a tree growing out of his head? A woman with children made of wax? A bird that can be milked?
The Banana Machine

The Banana Machine

Patty lives with her Aunt Bat on a banana plantation in Jamaica.

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