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 Muscle Machine

The Muscle Machine

Gordon is frustrated that Ted, the school bully, gets away with pushing people around - including Gordon!
The Perfect Hamburger

The Perfect Hamburger

If Joe could remember what he had thrown into the mixing-bowl, he knew that his hamburger could revive his friend Mr Borthwick's ailing business and drive other fast-food store off the high stree
Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats

Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats

Harriet is invited to help her detective aunts, Thessalonika and Japonica, investigate serious cheating in the world of horse racing.
Teacher Trouble

Teacher Trouble

Jenny is very tall for her age, and when her mum makes her dress smartly for her first day at a new school, she looks very grown-up indeed.
Calculator Annie

Calculator Annie

No matter how hard Annie tries, she just cannot do even the simplest sums. It's so embarrassing!
The Chocolate Money Mystery

The Chocolate Money Mystery

Max and Maddy Twist's parents were once famous, international detectives - before the evil Professor Sardine ruined their careers, that is.
The Girl Who Married a Lion

The Girl Who Married a Lion

How can a girl possibly have married a lion? How can a man have a tress growing out of his head? And how can a woman have children made of wax?
Akimbo and the Crocodile Man

Akimbo and the Crocodile Man

When Akimbo is offered the chance to help tag baby crocodiles, he is very excited.
Akimbo and the Lions

Akimbo and the Lions

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?
The Bubblegum Tree

The Bubblegum Tree

Billy, Nicola and Mr Gopal are off to India in a flying boat to solve a baffling mystery!

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