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 Doughnut Ring

The Doughnut Ring

Jim and his friends are upset to hear that their school janitor's car has been stolen, and just before he's due to retire too.
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 Elephants

Akimbo and the Elephants

When Akimbo sees what poachers do to the elephants on his game reserve, he is determined to stop them. There's only one way to do it, and that's to become an elephant hunter himself!
The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean

The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean

One day, out of the blue, Harriet Bean's dad says to her, 'Your aunts would like to hear about that!' Harriet is shocked - this is the first time she's heard anything about any aun
The Bursting Balloons Mystery

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 Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean

The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean

Harriet's invited to accompany her aunts, Thessalonica and Japonica to America.

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