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Alexander McCall Smith - Author

About the Author

McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers

— New York Times

Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’,  is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children’s books. His first book, The White Hippo—a children’s book, was published by Hamish Hamilton in 1980.

But it wasn’t until the publication of the highly successful The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series that Alexander became a household name. The series has now sold over twenty million copies in the English language alone, and since the books took off, he has devoted his time to writing.

His various series of books have been translated into forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the popular 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman newspaper and now the longest-running serial novel in the world; the Isabel Dalhousie novels, and the von Igelfeld series. He is also the author of the Corduroy Mansions series, which started life as an engaging cross-media serial written for the Telegraph online. And most recently, he launched the Ulf Varg series of Scandi blanc novels set in Sweden.

In addition to these series, Alexander has written a number of stand-alone novels, including , The Good Pilot Peter WoodhouseMy Italian Bulldozer, The Second Worst Restaurant in FranceFatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, Chance Developments and Pianos and Flowers.

Earlier stand alone books include Trains and Lovers: A Heart’s JourneyThe Forever Girl; La’s Orchestra Saves the World; and Emma—a reworking of the classic Jane Austen novel.

He has also authored many non-fiction titles, the latest of which are A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith’s Edinburgh and What W.H. Auden Can Do For You.

Recently Alexander has written a new children’s series—The School Ship Tobermory—and we now have four books in the series. This increases the number of children’s books he has written to more than thirty.

Alexander has received numerous awards for his writing and holds twelve honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and North America. In 2007 he received a CBE for services to literature and in 2011 was honoured by the President of Botswana for services through literature to the country. In 2015 he received the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and in 2017, The National Arts Club (of America) Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature. In 2020, he will receive the honorary fellowship of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.

The breadth of his body of work vividly evokes places and characters who are infused with humanity, decency, wit and humour –The National Arts Club citation

 

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Alexander McCall Smith by Mary Hogarth.

A Lovereading guide to the works of Alexander McCall Smith...

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency was first published in 1998 and then, suddenly, it took off in America to the extent that no less than11 reprints were required in 2003.

Since then, so prolific has been his output, and so has his popularity soared, that there was a time when the sheer multitude of McCall Smith's books led to confusion as to which book fitted into each of the various series under which he writes. One has hardly been able to keep up with the sheer abundance of books published - we reckon at least thirty in less than a decade.

Now, thankfully, things have settled down and the legions of McCall Smiths avid fans can compartmentalise his new books into the four main series under which they sit - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, The 44 Scotland Street Series and The Corduroy Mansions Series with a few more on top!

There are constant features across the whole panoply of McCall Smith's output. Wry and witty observations about the day-to-day lives of normal people. An innocence and delight in the human condition. And, always, a twinkle on the eye shared by writer and reader. He is a happy writer and that makes for happy readers.


He is best known for the following 4 series of novels (they are shown below in the order they were published) :-

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, The Kalahari Typing School for Men, The Full Cupboard of Life, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Blue Shoes and Happiness, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, The Double Comfort Safari Club, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, Precious and Grace.

Isabel Dalhousie series: The Sunday Philosophy Club,Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, The Right Attitude to Rain, The Careful Use of Compliments, The Comfort of Saturdays, The Lost Art of Gratitude, The Charming Quirks of Others, The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds, The Novel Habits of Happiness.

44 Scotland Street series: 44 Scotland Street, Espresso Tales, Love Over Scotland, The World According to Bertie, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, The Importance of Being Seven, Bertie Plays the Blues, Sunshine on Scotland Street, Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers, The Revolving Door of Life, The Bertie Project, A Time of Love and Tartan.

Corduroy Mansions Series: Corduroy Mansions, The Dog Who Came in from the Cold, A Conspiracy of Friends.

Author Photo © Graham Clark

Featured books by Alexander McCall Smith

 The Pavilion in the Clouds: A new stand-alone novel

The Pavilion in the Clouds: A new stand-alone novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

It is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky, live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old; her father Henry - owner of Pitlochry, a tea plantation - and her mother Virginia. The story centres around the Pavilion in the Clouds, set in the idyllic grounds carved out of the wilderness. But all is not as serene as it seems. Bella is suspicious of her governess, Miss White's intentions. Her suspicion sparks off her mother's imagination and after an unfortunate series of events, a confrontation is had with Miss White and a gunshot rings off around the hills. Years later, Bella, now living back in Scotland at university in St Andrews, is faced, once again with her past. Will she at last find out what happened between her Father and Miss White? And will the guilt she has lived with all these years be reconciled by a long over-due apology?

A Promise of Ankles

A Promise of Ankles

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Hugely entertaining in a wonderfully witty and gentle way, this forms part of the 44 Scotland Street Series. While you could read A Promise of Ankles as a standalone novel and be perfectly and completely happy, you would be missing out on forming a relationship with the rest of series. From young Bertie (what a joy he is), through to student Torquil, and the Duke of Johannesburg, the variety of residents that greet you ensures an engaging read. As is the case with all of his books, the beauty of this read is in the detail. Alexander McCall Smith exquisitely places the finer points, delivering a lightness of touch that hits with precision. The detail matters, expanding and filling the space, allowing feelings freedom to mutter against Irene and delight in Cyril. By the way, the title is gorgeous, and connected to a certain someone, all will become clear! Chosen as a LoveReading star book, A Promise of Ankles delivers real life with a little extra sparkle and is the most lovely reading experience.

Star Books
In a Time of Distance And Other Poems

In a Time of Distance And Other Poems

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Best known for his No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith’s writing is nothing if not warm-hearted, charming and filled with the joys of friendship - themes and characteristics that are at the heart of this delightful poetry anthology. Being a book to treasure and return to through the year (and across years), this will make a wonderful gift for fans of his fiction - even those who don’t usually read poetry. With sections covering the likes of journeys, Scotland through the seasons, animals, love and longing, books and reading, and places - with contextualisation coming courtesy of the author’s personal anecdotes - many of the poems invite readers to slow down, to look, to see, to remember. To take-in “the simple facts of being”. Others take readers on evocative journeys - we stand beside the author as he observes Mumbai from his hotel room, and as he and a friend save an oak tree in Scotland. We sit beside him as his train pulls into Kings Cross, as he drives through Los Angeles, as he explores Kerala, South India, and rural Australia. And all of them inspire reflection, and an empathetic urge to take-in the world through the eyes of others.

How to Raise an Elephant

How to Raise an Elephant

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

An absolutely charming addition to a much loved series. There is something so uplifting about these novels, Alexander McCall Smith has the ability to embrace the intimate in order to open far-reaching views. Mma Ramotswe is troubled by a strange smell in her van, her new neighbour causes concern, and a distant cousin asks for help. Can you believe that we are now at book twenty-one in this evocative series which began with The No:1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in 1998? Do you have a favourite, I think this could well be mine…though as with all good series that create a world for you to inhabit, the latest usually becomes your most treasured! There is a graceful ease to the words of Alexander McCall Smith, he is so gently yet evocatively descriptive and as soon as I started to read a sense of ease enveloped me. The pace slows, the small things matter, and Mma Ramotswe is just glorious. How to Raise an Elephant really is the most delightful read, and it deserves to be included as a LoveReading Star Book. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

Star Books
Tiny Tales

Tiny Tales

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2020

This may be a small book in size, but it is mighty of heart and contains 226 pages of delight. I think it would make the most wonderful gift, if not for yourself, then perhaps for someone who would appreciate a smile or hug in book form. This wonderful little treasure contains a myriad of short stories, sitting in sections that range from kindness to poignancy, and from school life to meeting in lifts. There are also some decidedly witty amuse-bouche stories (in cartoon strip form with illustrations by Iain McIntosh) to be found between the pages. It is no secret that I adore Alexander McCall Smith’s writing. He has the ability in a few sentences, to make me stop and think, or splutter and chortle. Every word counts, and each joins to create the most wonderful journey as you travel the world and through time. You can either dip in and out, or binge read like I did as I snickered and smiled my way through the pages. Short and sharp, yet bountiful and considerate, Tiny Tales really is the most fabulous book. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

Books of the Month
To the Land of Long Lost Friends

To the Land of Long Lost Friends

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2020

So beautifully written you can just slip into this gentle wander through Botswana alongside the kind and astute investigations of Mma Ramotswe. During a quiet patch at the agency, Precious has friends in need and Charlie is placed in a difficult position. If you haven’t read any of this much loved series, do start at the beginning with the aptly named The No:1 Ladies Detective Agency. We are now at the twentieth novel and the absolute charm of these books is in getting to know the characters (Mma Makutsi is a personal favourite). Alexander McCall Smith excels in creating a light yet warm atmosphere where he quietly looks at complex issues. Human nature in all its wonder is examined with mellow observations and compassionate wit sitting alongside the vivid heat of Botswana as it waits for rain. To The Land Of Long Lost Friends is a lovely, affectionate read and a fine addition to this celebrated series. Find out more about Alexander McCall Smith in our Book Chat blog post.

Books of the Month
The Second Worst Restaurant in France

The Second Worst Restaurant in France

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2019

Gentle and pointed good humour abounds in this lovely read, Alexander McCall Smith excels in creating whimsical yet sharply observed novels with real heart. He was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015 with Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party which I absolutely adored, and The Second Worst Restaurant in France certainly lived up to my expectations. Food writer Paul Stewart escapes to France to stay with his cousin Chloe in order to finish his latest book, however, located in the village is the restaurant aptly known as second worst in France. Within a few pages I had an understanding of Paul, he very simply makes himself known and acts as a perfect foil to Chloe, who on occasion rather steals the limelight! A whole host of wonderful characters enter the story as Paul’s livelihood is threatened and everything is thrown into a delightful muddle. The Second Worst Restaurant in France is a gorgeously easy read, I smiled, I laughed, and enjoyed every moment… PS I would love to see Chloe feature in her own story, what a woman! 

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2018

This charming, light-hearted, wise tale hit the literary world in 2001 and became a word-of-mouth bestseller.  If you are new to the series you really should start here to get the full background.  After that you can appreciate the others in any order you like but they do follow through as Precious Ramotswe’s love/office/family and friendships develop.  They are uplifting, warm and strangely compelling, a must-read for all. Books in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series: 1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 2. Tears of the Giraffe 3. Morality of Beautiful Girls 4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men 5. The Full Cupboard of Life 6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies 7. Blue Shoes and Happiness 8. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive 9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors 10. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built 11. The Double Comfort Safari Club 12. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party 13. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection 14. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon 15. The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café 16. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine 17. Precious and Grace 18. The House of Unexpected Sisters 19. The Colours of All the Cattle 20. To the Land of Long Lost Friends 21. How to Raise An Elephant Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse

The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

November 2017 Book of the Month The Peter Woodhouse of the title is a dog rescued from a cruel farmer and “hidden” at an American Airforce Camp where he becomes their lucky mascot with a penchant for flying.  This is 1944.  Val is a land girl, Mike an American pilot.  They fall in love and decide to marry but before they do Mike, the dog and a navigator are shot down over Holland.  Unbeknownst to Val, who is now pregnant, they all survive.  A compassionate German soldier, Ubi, helps them.  The war ends, Mike, dog and navigator return to England, Ubi to Germany and we follow all their eventful and eventually linking lives.  This is sensitive and gently told but now drama mounts and tragedy sets in as the years unfold with lots of surprises including bizarrely a Motodrom,  until 1981.  It is a stand-alone tale which the author frequently produces but this one is very different from his norm, not as light hearted and quirky as most.  ~ Sarah Broadhurst

eBooks of the Month
Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey

Trains & Lovers The Heart's Journey

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/08/2017

September 2017 Book of the Month A heart-warming stand-alone novel about a group of passengers on an Edinburgh to London train. They have one thing in common - they have all been in love. Poignant stories full of warmth, romance and charm. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'McCall Smith possesses an amazing gift to be able to write about love. He does it with warmth and great perception, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of sentimentality. It takes great skill to be able to write this well, and great humanity; qualities he has in abundance.' - Neville Moir, Birlinn Ltd

Books of the Month
A Time of Love and Tartan

A Time of Love and Tartan

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2017

August 2017 Book of the Month With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its twelfth season in the Scotsman, making it the longest running serial novel ever. What trials are in store for Bertie and the gang this year? The twelfth novel in the 44 Scotland Street series, the longest running serial novel in the world.

The Bertie Project

The Bertie Project

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

If you have been with this series from the beginning, and this is the 11th, you will be familiar with the characters who live around Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Mr McCall Smith is a natural storyteller who manages to subtly fill in the background so newcomers will soon learn about the personalities and foibles of the inhabitants and they are a fascinating collection of people. Bertie of the title is only seven but has the wisdom of Solomon and the mother from hell. The ‘Project’ of the title refers to his mother, Irene’s plan for his intense upbringing. Yoga, psychotherapy, Italian lessons are in; fun, Swiss army knives, junk food are not in! Bertie’s father, Stuart, is a kind, lovely man but completely overruled by his wife. When Stuart’s mother suspects Stuart is having an affair she is delighted, hoping he will rid himself of her truly awful daughter-in-law. As always, new characters are introduced. In this book it is Clare, a very typical, outdoor-loving, extreme-sports enthusiastic Australian. She and the narcissistic Bruce of earlier books join forces and Clare replaces the two Scandinavian au pairs of familiar Matthew and Elspeth to help with their now walking boy triplets. This is the expected delightful read and leaves one eagerly anticipating the next in the series. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

eBooks of the Month
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories

Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2017

Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the cover just invites you in.  Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black and white photos that appear at the beginning of each short story. The photos are eloquent and moving, the stories delve deeply into possibilities, love and friendship, joy and melancholy. From Sister Flora to a circus performer, each story is a small snapshot of what might have been, and as I read, I found myself drawn back to the photo, to look again and ponder. Alexander McCall Smith has transformed five forgotten photos into a discovery of delight. ~ Liz Robinson May 2017 Book of the Month. Click here to read an exclusive interview with Alexander McCall Smith by Mary Hogarth.   A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'If you come across an old photograph what do you think about the people staring back out at you? Maybe that they are just anonymous people from another age, as if from another planet. Or do you, like McCall Smith, hear their voices, know their names, sense their hopes and dreams and imagine how their lives might have turned out.Blessed with a wonderful, humane imagination, McCall Smith brilliantly constructs paths for these forgotten people - some joyous, others bumpy and winding, all with unexpected twists and turns. An astonishing achievement: original and moving.' ~ Neville Moir, Editor of Chance Developments

Precious and Grace

Precious and Grace

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Precious and Grace is a book steeped with addictive charm, wit and intelligent sleuthing. In the heat of summer in Botswana, co-directors of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi, find their friendship tested to the limit by a curious case.  Packed with intrigue, this heartfelt tale of friendship reveals how coming to terms with the past may be the only way to face the future.

eBooks of the Month
The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel

The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/08/2016

If you have been with this series from the beginning, and this is the 11th, you will be familiar with the characters who live around Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Mr McCall Smith is a natural storyteller who manages to subtly fill in the background so newcomers will soon learn about the personalities and foibles of the inhabitants and they are a fascinating collection of people. Bertie of the title is only seven but has the wisdom of Solomon and the mother from hell. The ‘Project’ of the title refers to his mother, Irene’s plan for his intense upbringing. Yoga, psychotherapy, Italian lessons are in; fun, Swiss army knives, junk food are not in! Bertie’s father, Stuart, is a kind, lovely man but completely overruled by his wife. When Stuart’s mother suspects Stuart is having an affair she is delighted, hoping he will rid himself of her truly awful daughter-in-law. As always, new characters are introduced. In this book it is Clare, a very typical, outdoor-loving, extreme-sports enthusiastic Australian. She and the narcissistic Bruce of earlier books join forces and Clare replaces the two Scandinavian au pairs of familiar Matthew and Elspeth to help with their now walking boy triplets. This is the expected delightful read and leaves one eagerly anticipating the next in the series. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

The Revolving Door of Life

The Revolving Door of Life

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the series and although you really should start at the beginning, you could actually read this as a completely charming standalone novel. Should I have a favourite character, perhaps not, as all have a delicious quirk that draws me to them, however the absolutely delightful Bertie sits in a favoured spot in the back of my mind. Alexander McCall Smith has a beautifully light touch, he has the ability to open up the oddities of human behaviour without being heavy handed and harsh. It’s the small things, the little thoughts, the asides that are exquisitely described and so powerful. Amusing, eyebrow raising and full of satisfying warmth and love, this is an enchanting and joyful read. ~ Liz Robinson   Click here to read an exclusive interview with Alexander McCall Smith by Mary Hogarth.

eBooks of the Month
My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2016

One of our Books of the Year 2016. June 2016 Book of the Month. A fabulously quirky, ‘standalone’ romance-cum-farce from this feel-good author.  Abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, travel writer Paul goes to Tuscany to research his next book.  Arrangements are made but upon arrival no car is available.  Enter one bulldozer, a wacky scenario which results in some charming pieces.  Paul enters village life and that atmosphere is vividly and warmly described.  Attempting to rescue an American ‘damsel in distress’ he falls instantly in love.  Then long-time girlfriend turns up and life gets complicated.  Full of joy and wellbeing, of sunshine and wine this affectionate, gently tale, a love triangle, or possibly a love square as more women seem to enter Paul’s life, is a sheer delight from start to finish.  Highly recommended. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Alexander McCall Smith is fantastic at writing about Italy: its food & wine, its music, the history, the landscape and la bella figura. Onto this beautiful canvas he’s introduced una macchina colossale– a bulldozer. Only McCall Smith has the literary dexterity to pull this off. Funny, elegant and moving – occasionally earth-moving – this book is a joy; you’ll be swept away, literally.' ~ Neville Moir, Publishing Director, Polygon

eBooks of the Month
The Novel Habits of Happiness

The Novel Habits of Happiness

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Isabel Dalhousie is one of Edinburgh's most generous (but discreet) philanthropists - but should she be more charitable? She wonders, sometimes, if she is too judgmental about her niece's amorous exploits, too sharp about her housekeeper's spiritual beliefs, too ready to bristle in battle against her enemies. As the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, she doesn't, of course, allow herself actual enemies, but she does feel enmity - especially towards two academics who have just arrived in the city. Isabel feels they're a highly destabilizing influence; little tremors in the volcanic rock upon which an Enlightened Edinburgh perches. Equally troubling is the situation of the little boy who is convinced he had a previous life. When Isabel is called upon to help, she finds herself questioning her views on reincarnation. And the nature of grief. And - crucially - the positioning of lighthouses. The only questions Isabel doesn't have to address concern her personal life.

eBooks of the Month
Chance Developments

Chance Developments

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2015

Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the stunning hardback cover made me ooh with delight.  Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black and white photos that appear at the beginning of each short story. The photos are eloquent and moving, the stories delve deeply into possibilities, love and friendship, joy and melancholy. From Sister Flora to a circus performer, each story is a small snapshot of what might have been, and as I read, I found myself drawn back to the photo, to look again and ponder. Alexander McCall Smith has transformed five forgotten photos into a discovery of delight. ~ Liz Robinson   Click here to read an exclusive interview with Alexander McCall Smith by Mary Hogarth.   A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'If you come across an old photograph what do you think about the people staring back out at you? Maybe that they are just anonymous people from another age, as if from another planet. Or do you, like McCall Smith, hear their voices, know their names, sense their hopes and dreams and imagine how their lives might have turned out.Blessed with a wonderful, humane imagination, McCall Smith brilliantly constructs paths for these forgotten people - some joyous, others bumpy and winding, all with unexpected twists and turns. An astonishing achievement: original and moving.' ~ Neville Moir, Editor of Chance Developments Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

eBooks of the Month
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2015

Mma Ramotswe, the proprietress of the No 1. Ladies' Detective Agency, is not one to sit about. Her busy life gives her little time for relaxation (apart from the drinking of tea, of course). Nonetheless, she is convinced by co-director Mma Makutsi to take a holiday. But Mma Ramotswe finds it impossible to resist the temptation to follow the cases taken on by Mma Makutsi, and to interfere in them - secretly, she intends ...This leads her to delve into the past of a famous man whose reputation has been called into question, and to join forces with a new assistant detective (and part-time science teacher), Mr. Polopetsi. While 'on holiday' Mma Ramotswe also manages to help a young boy named Samuel in the search for his missing mother; and then of course there is the agency's arch-enemy Violet Sephotho, scheming to set up a rival secretarial college. Lessons must be learned, whether we are willing or not, and in the end Mma Ramotswe finds that a little trust goes a long way, especially when it comes to having confidence in our dearest friends and colleagues.

eBooks of the Month
The Revolving Door of Life A 44 Scotland Street Novel

The Revolving Door of Life A 44 Scotland Street Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Welcome back to 44 Scotland Street and to the lives of the much loved (well, in most cases) inhabitants. ‘The Revolving Door of Life’ is the tenth novel in the series and although you really should start at the beginning, you could actually read this as a completely charming standalone novel. Should I have a favourite character, perhaps not, as all have a delicious quirk that draws me to them, however the absolutely delightful Bertie sits in a favoured spot in the back of my mind. Alexander McCall Smith has a beautifully light touch, he has the ability to open up the oddities of human behaviour without being heavy handed and harsh. It’s the small things, the little thoughts, the asides that are exquisitely described and so powerful. Amusing, eyebrow raising and full of satisfying warmth and love, this is an enchanting and joyful read.   ~ Liz Robinson   Click here to read an exclusive interview with Alexander McCall Smith by Mary Hogarth.

Emma

Emma

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Continuing the series of Jane Austen 'reboots', Alexander McCall Smith updates the story of interfering Emma .  She is exactly as she is in the original, giving dinner parties and picnics, attempting matchmaking and generally meddling in other people’s affairs.  It is non-taxing, pleasant, easy reading. ~ Sarah Broadhurst The titles in the Austen Project series are: Sense & Sensibility by Joanna TrollopeNorthanger Abbey by Val McDermidEmma by Alexander McCall SmithEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

eBooks of the Month
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Even the arrival of her baby can't hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - in spite of Mma Ramotswe's belated claims that she is only 'an assistant full partner' - she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan, but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters and more? Luckily, help is at hand, from the only person in Gaborone more gently determined than Mma Makutsi ...Mma Ramotswe, of course.

eBooks of the Month
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party

Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2015

Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts of home for a holiday to Ireland in 1979. A number of lamentable and often laughable events befall Fatty and because she is at his side, Betty too. The author as well as pointing out the ridiculous, also allows us to see Fatty from Betty’s eyes and therefore opens ours. Completely charming, this is a little gem of a book and an absolute pleasure to read. ~ Liz Robinson

eBooks of the Month
The Forever Girl

The Forever Girl

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Clover (real name Sally) meets James in primary school.  She is six years old.  By the time she is 13 she realises she is truly in love with James but boarding school, university, gap year and time leave their paths crossing but not lying parallel for long.  It takes them twenty years to bring their love to fruition.  Aaah.  Sensitively written with lovely rounded characters, this is an absolute gem but his Botswana and Scotland Street series are better.

eBooks of the Month
Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine. Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce's first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother Irene to a warmer - if not a better - place, and once again in Scotland Street the triumph of human kindness over adversity gives cause for celebration.

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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2014

Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband, but after her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Ramotswe's challenging but irreplaceable associate Mma Makutsi has joyful news. With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty. Disturbing developments over the will of a local dignitary, Edgar Molapo, point to fraud and a shocking family secret, while tracing the source of a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, in which notorious troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or not have a hand, proves to require a keen eye and an open mind. But the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is resilient and adaptable, and change brings salutary lessons: that our enemies are not always obvious, that a snake under the bed may be an ally, and that a mother's love conquers all.

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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2014

Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband, but after her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Ramotswe's challenging but irreplaceable associate Mma Makutsi has joyful news. With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, cobras and a senior aunt, Mma Ramotswe must grapple alone with tea-making, detective work and a new uncertainty. Disturbing developments over the will of a local dignitary, Edgar Molapo, point to fraud and a shocking family secret, while tracing the source of a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, in which notorious troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or not have a hand, proves to require a keen eye and an open mind. But the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is resilient and adaptable, and change brings salutary lessons: that our enemies are not always obvious, that a snake under the bed may be an ally, and that a mother's love conquers all.

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The Forever Girl A Novel

The Forever Girl A Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2014

February 2014 Book of the Month. Clover (real name Sally) meets James in primary school.  She is six years old.  By the time she is 13 she realises she is truly in love with James but boarding school, university, gap year and time leave their paths crossing but not lying parallel for long.  It takes them twenty years to bring their love to fruition.  Aaah.  Sensitively written with lovely rounded characters, this is an absolute gem but his Botswana and Scotland Street series are better.

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Trains and Lovers The Heart's Journey

Trains and Lovers The Heart's Journey

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2013

A heart-warming stand-alone novel about a group of passengers on an Edinburgh to London train. They have one thing in common - they have all been in love. Poignant stories full of warmth, romance and charm.   A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'McCall Smith possesses an amazing gift to be able to write about love. He does it with warmth and great perception, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of sentimentality. It takes great skill to be able to write this well, and great humanity; qualities he has in abundance.' - Neville Moir, Birlinn Ltd

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel Dalhousie is aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a neighbour brings her a new and potentially dangerous puzzle to solve, once again Isabel feels she has no option but to shoulder the burden. A masterpiece painting has been stolen from Duncan Munrowe, old-fashioned philanthropist, father to two discontented children, and a very wealthy man. As Isabel enters into negotiations with the shadowy figures who are in search of a ransom, a case where heroes and villains should be clearly defined turns murky: the list of those who desire the painting - or the money - lengthens, and hasty judgement must be avoided at all cost.

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Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers A Scotland Street Novel

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers A Scotland Street Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2013

Gently satirical and wonderfully perceptive, we are back for a 9th instalment in the eccentric lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street, including the remarkably precocious six-year-old Bertie - whose seventh birthday is looming. The characters are the strength of this series where not much of import happens but it’s easy to get totally hooked.   A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Writing a daily novel is not easy, so to do so for ten years is small wonder. What I find so amazing about the 44 Scotland Street series is that McCall Smith continues to be so inventive, so funny and observant of modern mores, and he finds so many imaginative storylines. It’s a constant joy to read and in the soon-to-be seven-year-old Bertie he has created a truly original and  endearing character in modern literature. Pure genius.' - Neville Moir, Director of Polygon Publishing 

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

The second in his new dectective series 'The Sunday Philosophy Club' based in Scotland starring amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie. We love the wit and wisdom and think it’s utterly charming.

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The Sunday Philosophy Club

The Sunday Philosophy Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Personally I prefer Precious Ramotswe of his Botswana novels to Isabel Dalousie, the amateur sleuth featured here, but I do remember it took me more than one book to be totally enchanted by her so I know Isabel will grow on me. And I also know I enjoy the African setting more than the more sombre Edinburgh one of this series. But for all that, I can’t resist this author, the wit and wisdom is here and Isabel’s moral ground similar to Precious as she too tackles the mysteries of life. It’s utterly charming. She is expected in a television series in the autumn which I am much looking forward to.Comparisons: Agatha Christie, P G Wodehouse, Robert Goddard.Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Ben Sherwood.

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The Sunday Philosophy Club

The Sunday Philosophy Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Personally I prefer Precious Ramotswe of his Botswana novels to Isabel Dalousie, the amateur sleuth featured here, but I do remember it took me more than one book to be totally enchanted by her so I know Isabel will grow on me. And I also know I enjoy the African setting more than the more sombre Edinburgh one of this series. But for all that, I can’t resist this author, the wit and wisdom is here and Isabel’s moral ground similar to Precious as she too tackles the mysteries of life. It’s utterly charming. She is expected in a television series in the autumn which I am much looking forward to.Comparisons: Agatha Christie, P G Wodehouse, Robert Goddard.Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Ben Sherwood.

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The Sunday Philosophy Club

The Sunday Philosophy Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Personally I prefer Precious Ramotswe of his Botswana novels to Isabel Dalousie, the amateur sleuth featured here, but I do remember it took me more than one book to be totally enchanted by her so I know Isabel will grow on me. And I also know I enjoy the African setting more than the more sombre Edinburgh one of this series. But for all that, I can’t resist this author, the wit and wisdom is here and Isabel’s moral ground similar to Precious as she too tackles the mysteries of life. It’s utterly charming. She is expected in a television series in the autumn which I am much looking forward to.Comparisons: Agatha Christie, P G Wodehouse, Robert Goddard.Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Ben Sherwood.

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The Sunday Philosophy Club

The Sunday Philosophy Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Personally I prefer Precious Ramotswe of his Botswana novels to Isabel Dalousie, the amateur sleuth featured here, but I do remember it took me more than one book to be totally enchanted by her so I know Isabel will grow on me. And I also know I enjoy the African setting more than the more sombre Edinburgh one of this series. But for all that, I can’t resist this author, the wit and wisdom is here and Isabel’s moral ground similar to Precious as she too tackles the mysteries of life. It’s utterly charming. She is expected in a television series in the autumn which I am much looking forward to.Comparisons: Agatha Christie, P G Wodehouse, Robert Goddard.Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Ben Sherwood.

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Trains and Lovers The Heart's Romance

Trains and Lovers The Heart's Romance

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

November 2012 Book of the Month. Linking a group of passengers on a Edinburgh to London train, this is an exquisitely produced pocket-sized edition of his latest book and it’s a perfect gift or stocking filler. Four passengers meet on a train and exchange stories of love and railways. Poignant stories full of warmth, romance and charm.

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Unusual Uses for Olive Oil A Von Igelfeld Novel

Unusual Uses for Olive Oil A Von Igelfeld Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2012

Life is so unfair, and it sends many things to try Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, author of Portuguese Irregular Verbs and pillar of the Institute of Romance Philology in the proud Bavarian city of Regensburg. There is the undeserved rise of his rival (and owner of a one-legged dachshund), Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer; the interminable ramblings of the librarian, Herr Huber; and the condescension of his colleagues with regard to his unmarried state. But when his friend Ophelia Prinzel takes it upon herself to match-make, and duly produces a cheerful heiress with her own Schloss, it appears that the professor's true worth is about to be recognised. Maddening, idiotic and hugely entertaining, von Igelfeld is an inspired comic creation.

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The Forgotten Affairs of Youth : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Alexander McCall Smith published The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency in 1998 and then, suddenly, it took off in America to the extent that no less than 11 reprints were required in 2003. Since then, so prolific has been his output, and so has his popularity soared, that there was a time when the sheer multitude of McCall Smith's books led to confusion as to which book fitted into each of the various series under which he writes. One has hardly been able to keep up with the sheer abundance of books published - we reckon at least thirty in less than a decade. Now, thankfully, things have settled down and the legions of McCall Smiths avid fans can compartmentalise his new books into the four main series under which they sit - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, The 44 Scotland Street Series and The Corduroy Mansions Series with a few more on top!There are constant features across the whole panoply of McCall Smith's output. Wry and witty observations about the day-to-day lives of normal people. An innocence and delight in the human condition. And, always, a twinkle on the eye shared by writer and reader. He is a happy writer and that makes for happy readers.   'The Forgotten Affairs of Youth' is the eighth of the Isabel Dalhousie series. Isabel, still a lovable combination of intriguing philosopher and amateur sleuth, faces another delightful adventure in her eventful little life. But, as in all McCall Smith's books, her life is not 'little' at all. The issues she faces and emotions she feels are universal. Another lovely book for us all to enjoy.

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Sunshine on Scotland Street 44 Scotland Street

Sunshine on Scotland Street 44 Scotland Street

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2012

This is the eighth of the hugely successful 44 Scotland Street series from one of the world’s best-loved authors. In this instalment we have an unprepared groom, a double dose of narcissism, an unlikely internet sensation and boys (and dogs) hatching escape plans; all delivered with customary charm and deftness by the author. Regardless of the weather this is a book that will bring everyone who reads it some sunshine this Summer.

A Conspiracy of Friends

A Conspiracy of Friends

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2012

The third novel in McCall's acclaimed series about the colourful inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico. This installment follows the adventures of Oedipus Snark, the nasty Liberal Democrat and his mother Berthea who is writing an unauthorised biography of him, and a vegetarian dog called Freddie de la Hay.

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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/2012

 While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the weak against the strong, has reason to reflect on Rule No.3 of The Principles of Private Detection: never lie to the client. Apprentice mechanic Charlie seems to be avoiding certain important responsibilities. And as Mma Makutsi's big day approaches, her nemesis Violet Sephotho is casting her net wider: by standing for election which could spell trouble for the entire nation. But as friends and family gather under starry African night skies, it turns out that even the most perplexing of apparitions - and the most shocking of crimes - may yield to rational explanation. And, of course, to Mma Ramotswe's inimitable way with love, intuition and redbush tea.

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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2012

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith

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The Cleverness of Ladies (Quick Reads)

The Cleverness of Ladies (Quick Reads)

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

A World Book Day 2012 Quick Read. With his trademark gift for storytelling, international bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings us five tales of love, heartbreak, hope and the cleverness of ladies.

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Bertie Plays The Blues (A 44 Scotland St novel)

Bertie Plays The Blues (A 44 Scotland St novel)

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2011

August 2011 Book of the Month. The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family at 44 Scotland Street continues in this seventh instalment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursuit of a little happiness but domestic bliss seems in short supply.   Alexander McCall Smith published The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency in 1998 and then, suddenly, it took off in America to the extent that no less than11 reprints were required in 2003. Since then, so prolific has been his output, and so has his popularity soared, that there was a time when the sheer multitude of McCall Smith's books led to confusion as to which book fitted into each of the various series under which he writes. One has hardly been able to keep up with the sheer abundance of books published - we reckon at least thirty in less than a decade. Now, thankfully, things have settled down and the legions of McCall Smiths avid fans can compartmentalise his new books into the four main series under which they sit - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, The 44 Scotland Street Series and The Corduroy Mansions Series with a few more on top!There are constant features across the whole panoply of McCall Smith's output. Wry and witty observations about the day-to-day lives of normal people. An innocence and delight in the human condition. And, always, a twinkle on the eye shared by writer and reader. He is a happy writer and that makes for happy readers.  'Bertie Plays the Blues' follows 'The Importance of Being Seven' as the seventh 44 Scotland Street novel. Set in Edinburgh, of course, the old familiar characters are there and McCall Smith is still on sparkling form. Bertie puts himself up for adoption on eBay. This short, eight-word sentence captures the unique McCall Smith sense of fun. You won't be disappointed.

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Precious and the Monkeys

Precious and the Monkeys

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2011

If you're a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series or know someone who is then do take a look at this delightful and enchanting children's tale telling how the young Precious Ramotswe became the No. 1 Detective she is today.  Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here we find out just who has been stealing her schoolfriends' snacks and how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love as she solves her first case! Kids aged 8 to 108 will love it!

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The Importance of Being Seven

The Importance of Being Seven

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

The sixth volume of Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful serial novels set in Edinburgh's New Town. Warm-hearted, wise and very funny, The Importance of Being Seven brings us a fresh and delightful set of insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh's most loveable residents.

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The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2011

The Charming Quirks of Others is the latest installment in Alexander McCall Smith’s Isobel Dalhousie series, which sees the Scottish sleuth becoming entangled in an investigation at a local boarding school -- out now in paperback.

The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2011

October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Charming Quirks Of Others is the latest installment in Alexander McCall Smith’s Isobel Dalhousie series, which sees the Scottish sleuth becoming entangled in an investigation at a local boarding school.

The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2011

The Charming Quirks of Others is the latest installment in Alexander McCall Smith’s Isobel Dalhousie series, which sees the Scottish sleuth becoming entangled in an investigation at a local boarding school -- out now in paperback.

The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2011

October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Charming Quirks Of Others is the latest installment in Alexander McCall Smith’s Isobel Dalhousie series, which sees the Scottish sleuth becoming entangled in an investigation at a local boarding school.

A Conspiracy of Friends : A Corduroy Mansions Novel

A Conspiracy of Friends : A Corduroy Mansions Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2011

May 2011 Book of the Month. The third novel in McCall's acclaimed series about the colourful inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico. This installment follows the adventures of Oedipus Snark, the nasty Liberal Democrat and his mother Berthea who is writing an unauthorised biography of him, and a vegetarian dog called Freddie de la Hay.   Corduroy Mansions Series:1. Corduroy Mansions2. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold 3. A Conspiracy of Friends

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The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Second novel in the new London-based series from Alexander McCall Smith, comparable in warmth and humour to 44 Scotland Street.   Corduroy Mansions Series:1. Corduroy Mansions2. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold 3. A Conspiracy of Friends

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The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

The 11th in the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series sees sleuth Precious Ramotswe and her assistant Grace Makutsi on the trail of a mystery safari guide who has been named in the will of a generous benefactor. McCall Smith’s Botswana adventures have sold more than 13 million copies world wide and this is another warm, funny and engaging instalment. Expect gentle humour, eccentric, loveable characters and pearls of homespun wisdom from one of our favourite storytellers.

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The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

April 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The 11th in the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series sees sleuth Precious Ramotswe and her assistant Grace Makutsi on the trail of a mystery safari guide who has been named in the will of a generous benefactor. McCall Smith’s Botswana adventures have sold more than 13 million copies world wide and this is another warm, funny and engaging instalment. Expect gentle humour, eccentric, loveable characters and pearls of homespun wisdom from one of our favourite storytellers.

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The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2010

More sleuthing from the wonderful Isabel Dalhousie. As in all his novels McCall Smith brings together a great cast of characters and our leading lady is always charming and inquisitive as she tries to crack another mystery.   Please note that this title is also available in a Large Print edition. Click here to find out more.

The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2010

More sleuthing from the wonderful Isabel Dalhousie. As in all his novels McCall Smith brings together a great cast of characters and our leading lady is always charming and inquisitive as she tries to crack another mystery.   Please note that this title is also available in a Large Print edition. Click here to find out more.

The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2010

More sleuthing from the wonderful Isabel Dalhousie. As in all his novels McCall Smith brings together a great cast of characters and our leading lady is always charming and inquisitive as she tries to crack another mystery.   Please note that this title is also available in a Large Print edition. Click here to find out more.

The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

The Lost Art of Gratitude : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2010

More sleuthing from the wonderful Isabel Dalhousie. As in all his novels McCall Smith brings together a great cast of characters and our leading lady is always charming and inquisitive as she tries to crack another mystery.   Please note that this title is also available in a Large Print edition. Click here to find out more.

The Importance of Being Seven: 44 Scotland Street

The Importance of Being Seven: 44 Scotland Street

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2010

Number six in the Scotland Street Series and still has all the McCall Smith charm and ease. A great series.

Corduroy Mansions

Corduroy Mansions

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2010

His fans will love another wittily observed gem of a book. With McCall Smith, the places change – you could be in Botswana or Scotland or, now, London - but the sheer humanity is the same. Here, a new group of interesting and disparate characters face the daily trials and tribulations of life that affect us all, wherever we may be.   Corduroy Mansions Series:1. Corduroy Mansions2. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold 3. A Conspiracy of Friends

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The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

The 11th in the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series sees sleuth Precious Ramotswe and her assistant Grace Makutsi on the trail of a mystery safari guide who has been named in the will of a generous benefactor. McCall Smith’s Botswana adventures have sold more than 13 million copies world wide and this is another warm, funny and engaging instalment. Expect gentle humour, eccentric, loveable characters and pearls of homespun wisdom from one of our favourite storytellers.

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The Double Comfort Safari Club

The Double Comfort Safari Club

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

April 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The 11th in the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series sees sleuth Precious Ramotswe and her assistant Grace Makutsi on the trail of a mystery safari guide who has been named in the will of a generous benefactor. McCall Smith’s Botswana adventures have sold more than 13 million copies world wide and this is another warm, funny and engaging instalment. Expect gentle humour, eccentric, loveable characters and pearls of homespun wisdom from one of our favourite storytellers.

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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

Alexander McCall Smith is shortlisted for the Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Bestseller Dagger 2009.   The tenth in Mma Ramotswe’s No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, her fans will know just what to expect but at the same time remain delightfully enthralled by a new set of Precious adventures. McCall Smith is consistent and reliable in his witty observations of day-to-day life. However, can Mma Ramotswe equally rely on her trusty white van? Perhaps if she walked more, then she would be healthier and her van would last longer. Or would it? Despite being a series of ‘Detective’ novels, if you are a reader who prefers kindness and comfort to killing and cruelty, then these are the books for you and you will discover why they have been a phenomenal success around the world.

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The Lost Art of Gratitude - Large Print Edition

The Lost Art of Gratitude - Large Print Edition

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2009

The sixth installment in the best-selling chronicles of the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie.   More sleuthing from the wonderful Isabel Dalhousie. As in all his novels McCall Smith brings together a great cast of characters and our leading lady is always charming and inquisitive as she tries to crack another mystery.   A message from Joanna Lumley: “Anything that makes reading easier is to be applauded – a bright light, a quiet room, large clear print…what could be more enticing. Focus has all my support."   Joanna Lumley

La's Orchestra Saves the World

La's Orchestra Saves the World

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2009

A stand alone novel, this is a gentle tale of a woman relocating to the Suffolk countryside just before the Second World War. La (shot for Lavender) decides to start up an orchestra with the locals and members from the nearby RAF base. The story revolves around La’s relationships with the locals, with the local farmer she works for and her love interest, grounded Polish pilot Feliks. This reads like a book written in another era, no doubt the tone McCall Smith was going for. Very enjoyable.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2009

The fifth volume of the Scotland Street series is here with the wonderful cast of  characters that reside there. These are a joy to read and plenty of different story lines to keep the action going and the reader satisfied. Lovely stuff.

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The Miracle at Speedy Motors

The Miracle at Speedy Motors

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

Another wonderful chapter (the 9th in the series) in the colourful lives of these down-to-earth people and their moralistic way of life.  There are crimes to solve, a lady’s relatives to find but the real charm of this series is the continuing relationship of the main characters.  In this one we learn a lot more about the fostered children, Motholeli and Puso.  It’s another lovely mix of gentle philosophy and life-affirming commentary.  A joy to read.

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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Whenever I read a McCall Smith No.1 Ladies€™ Detective Agency  title I can always smell the smells and visualize the situations he's describing so clearly, for his writing is so acute and precise and his love for the country and its people shine through. Apart from having a cracking title for the book this latest feast is every bit as good as his earlier ones in the series.  It'€™s a real-feel good novel with edge.

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Dream Angus : The Celtic God of Dreams

Dream Angus : The Celtic God of Dreams

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2006

I enjoyed this book.  The author’s prose is, as usual, simple, almost naïve in style but as the story of the Eros figure of Angus progresses, and the five modern but very different fables interwoven into his quest for love emerge, we are drawn into a world of dreams where the characters’ hopes and fears in life are gently explored.  There is the newly wed wife who is visited by Angus while she dozes awaiting her husband’s return from a late night stroll, the brothers from the remote fishing village whose filial love is interrupted by the elder’s departure for Canada, the boy who searches for the identity of his real father, the young man who tends lovingly the pigs used for bio-research, the betrayed wife who is helped by her psychotherapist to a reconciliation with her husband.  Each story has a link to Angus, the dream-maker and so reality and dreams are woven together in this mesmerizing re-telling of the Celtic myth of Angus. A gentle and enriching read.

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Love Over Scotland

Love Over Scotland

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2006

McCall Smith’s writing is certainly addictive.  Read one and you want to read more.  Love Over Scotland  is no different in that with his usual skill and charm he has pulled together a handful of quirky and brilliantly observed characters into a touching storyline with such ease.  Serious issues are from time to time integrated into the storyline and yet with such lightness of touch the message is almost subliminal.  Reading a McCall Smith is a bit like curling up with a really good friend. Just add a cup of cocoa and your set for the evening ahead.  Pure joy.

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Blue Shoes and Happiness

Blue Shoes and Happiness

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2006

Fans of the The Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency will revel in the tricky new challenges the traditionally built Mma Ramotswe faces with her unique combination of common sense and kindness. Those who are yet to discover McCall Smith's witty and delightful writing will find that Botswana provides an evocative background for all the great problems of the world: justice, respect, whistle-blowing, feminism, forgiveness, friendship - and, of course, how to deal with an angry ostrich. Oh, and does money buy you happiness? Yes, if you use it to buy Blue Shoes (but perhaps not if you are Mma Makutsi, assistant to, though less traditionally built than, Mma Ramotswe herself). Why can't all the world be like this? 

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44 Scotland Street

44 Scotland Street

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2005

Alexander McCall Smith is a favourite in the LoveReading Office. He has the ability to poke fun, exhort chuckles, be sharply pointed, yet retain an overall lightness of touch. He is a wonderful author and here in the 44 Scotland Street Series he shines a light on the inhabitants of a street in Edinburgh in the most delightful way. 44 Scotland Street is a complete delight and comes as highly recommended by our team. The 44 Scotland Street series: 1. 44 Scotland Street 2. Espresso Tales 3. Love Over Scotland 4. The World According to Bertie 5. The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones 6. The Importance Of Being Seven 7. Bertie Plays The Blues 8. Sunshine on Scotland Street 9. Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers 10. The Revolving Door of Life 11. The Bertie Project 12. A Time of Love and Tartan 13. The Peppermint Tea Chronicles Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

In The Company of Cheerful Ladies

In The Company of Cheerful Ladies

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2005

Despite threatening to wind-up this Botswana crime series as he develops an equally intriguing Scottish heroine, Isabel Dalhousie, Precious Ramotswe is still his most endearing character and I personally love the African lore and setting that surrounds her and her astute wisdom. This is the sixth in the series and the only one in 2005, but fans rejoice, I understand he has been persuaded to write another for next year. If you don’t know the series, then do start at the beginning with The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but as each tale is self-contained, you don’t have to. I would recommend him to everyone. He is different, utterly engaging, gentle and life affirming. Comparisons: none, but if you like Agatha Christie, Laurie Lee, Simon Brett.Similar this month: Gervase Phinn, Kate Long.

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The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2003

A 2013 World Book Night selection. This charming, light-hearted, wise tale hit the literary world in 2001 and became a word-of-mouth bestseller.  If you are new to the series you really should start here to get the full background.  After that you can appreciate the others in any order you like but they do follow through as Precious Ramotswe’s love/office/family and friendships develop.  They are uplifting, warm and strangely compelling, a must-read for all. Comparison: Colin Cotterill (The Coroner’s Lunch), Celestine Hitiura Vaite (Frangipani), Saumya Balsare (Cambridge Curry Club).

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Other books by Alexander McCall Smith

No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.3

No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.3

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/07/2018

Another seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas, written and adapted by Alexander McCall Smith from his own bestselling series'Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful' Daily Telegraph'...will charm listeners whether they already know and love these stories or are hearing them for the first time' Audiofile MagazineA third outstanding collection of stories featuring Botswana's only female private detective agency, run by the irrepressible Precious Ramotswe. Based on the hugely popular novels and brought to life with music and full casts, these evocative productions return us to Botswana, where Precious has more mysteries to solve.In the first of these seven episodes, Mma Ramotswe helps an adopted child search for her birth family; gets embroiled in the murky world of a football cheat; faces the dangers of crocodiles, hippos and a tiny canoe in the Okovango Delta; and investigates some violent, unexplained attacks on cattle. Meanwhile, the countdown to her upcoming wedding begins...The stories included are: The Miracle at Speedy Motors, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, The Seller of Beds, An Exceptionally Wicked Lady, Canoeing for Ladies, A Late Van Just Glimpsed and The Saturday Big Tent Wedding.

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Box Set (Books 2-4)

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Box Set (Books 2-4)

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/05/2018

Here are three heartwarming books inAlexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Seriesnow available in a convenient ebook box set. This box set includes books 2-4 of the series: Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, and The Kalahari Typing School for Men. Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswewith help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsinavigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea.

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.2

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.2

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/01/2018

A second collection of eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations based on the popular books by Alexander McCall Smith. 'this full- cast production will charm listeners whether they already know and love these stories or are hearing them for the first time' - Audiofile Magazine 'How to Handle Men through the Application of Psychology': Precious Ramotswe sets out to release her fiance from a terrifying obligation, and a new case sparks a love quest. 'House of Hope': Precious and her assistant visit some bad girls as part of their mission to find a husband for their client, but Precious has some marriage problems of her own. 'The Return of Note': When Precious Ramotswe's ex-husband turns up to cause trouble, she finds an unlikely ally. 'The Ceremony': Precious works her way through a list of her own problems. But will the return of an old love jeopardise her romantic plans? 'There Is No Such Thing As Free Food': Precious is preoccupied both professionally and personally by the subject of food. 'The Best Profession for a Blackmailer': Mr Polopetsi, part-time mechanic and would-be assistant detective, takes on a case of his own; while Mma Makutsi finds out if blue shoes are the key to happiness. 'A Very Rude Woman': Precious faces change at the Agency, while Mr J.L.B. Matekoni meets the rudest person in all Botswana. 'Talking Shoes': A new detective takes on a case for the Agency, while Mma Ramotswe, among others, has a problem with high blood pressure. Starring Claire Benedict as Mma Ramotswe and Nadine Marshall as Mme Makutsi, these dramatisations will appeal to all fans of the engaging lady detective. Duration: 6 hrs approx.

No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.2

No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.2

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/01/2018

A second collection of eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations based on the popular books by Alexander McCall Smith. 'this full- cast production will charm listeners whether they already know and love these stories or are hearing them for the first time' - Audiofile Magazine'How to Handle Men through the Application of Psychology': Precious Ramotswe sets out to release her fiance from a terrifying obligation, and a new case sparks a love quest.'House of Hope': Precious and her assistant visit some bad girls as part of their mission to find a husband for their client, but Precious has some marriage problems of her own.'The Return of Note': When Precious Ramotswe's ex-husband turns up to cause trouble, she finds an unlikely ally.'The Ceremony': Precious works her way through a list of her own problems. But will the return of an old love jeopardise her romantic plans?'There Is No Such Thing As Free Food': Precious is preoccupied both professionally and personally by the subject of food.'The Best Profession for a Blackmailer': Mr Polopetsi, part-time mechanic and would-be assistant detective, takes on a case of his own; while Mma Makutsi finds out if blue shoes are the key to happiness.'A Very Rude Woman': Precious faces change at the Agency, while Mr J.L.B. Matekoni meets the rudest person in all Botswana.'Talking Shoes': A new detective takes on a case for the Agency, while Mma Ramotswe, among others, has a problem with high blood pressure.Starring Claire Benedict as Mma Ramotswe and Nadine Marshall as Mme Makutsi, these dramatisations will appeal to all fans of the engaging lady detective.

Sands of Shark Island

Sands of Shark Island

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/07/2017

Imagine going to school on a boat! The rip-roaring excitement continues in the second volume of thisadventure-mystery series set on the high seas, from the author of the beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency!Ben and Fee MacTavish and their schoolmates on board the School Ship Tobermory are headed thousands of miles from their base in Mull to a small island in the Caribbean. They will learn extraordinary details about Captain Macbeth's past and come face to face with modern-day pirates. The students and crew aboard the Tobermory will have to band together and use their wits to escape harm and overcome the evil pirates.

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.1

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.1

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/07/2017

Claire Benedict and Nadine Marshall star in these eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas adapted by Alexander McCall Smith Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 'Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful' Daily Telegraph Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international bestsellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life. In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case - and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American. In addition, she is hired by a beauty contest judge to check the integrity of the finalists; looks for two women wronged by her client, Mr Molefelo; learns of a rival detective agency; and is commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to. The stories included are: The Daddy; The Bone; The Maid; Tears of the Giraffe; The Chief Justice of Beauty; The Confession; The Kalahari Typing School for Men and The Admirer. Claire Benedict stars as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni. Duration: 6 hours approx

No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.1

No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.1

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/07/2017

Claire Benedict and Nadine Marshall star in these eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas adapted by Alexander McCall SmithWinner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile'Must-listen...beautifully cast, precisely timed, simply wonderful' Daily TelegraphAlexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international bestsellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life.In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case - and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American. In addition, she is hired by a beauty contest judge to check the integrity of the finalists; looks for two women wronged by her client, Mr Molefelo; learns of a rival detective agency; and is commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to. The stories included are: The Daddy; The Bone; The Maid; Tears of the Giraffe; The Chief Justice of Beauty; The Confession; The Kalahari Typing School for Men and The Admirer.Claire Benedict stars as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni.Duration: 6 hours approx

School Ship Tobermory

School Ship Tobermory

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/10/2016

The author of the beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency draws from his own sailing experience to deliver this rip-roaring adventure on the high seas. The first volume in a middle-grade adventure-mystery series perfect for boys and girls!Ben and Fee MacTavish are twins who've been homeschooled on a submarine. Now they're heading to the School Ship Tobermory. This is no ordinary schoolit's a sailing ship where kids from around the world train to be sailors and learn about all things nautical. Come aboard as the kids set sail for their first adventure.Ben and Fee make friends as they adjust to life aboard the Tobermory. When a film crew arrives on a nearby ship, the Albatross, Ben is one of the lucky kids chosen as a movie extra. But after a day's filming, his suspicions are aroused. Are the director and crew really shooting a film? Or are they protecting a secret on the lower decks of the Albatross? Ben, Fee, and their friends set out to investigate. Are they prepared for what they might find?From the Hardcover edition.

Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine

Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/05/2016

A Knopf Canada Original E-Short, anda spin-off story from the Isabel Dalhousie series.Philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie has an unstinting commitment to her principles. Sticking to her promises has always been one of them. Then Isabel runs into an old classmate facing marital and financial troubles, who reveals a secret about a painting up for auction that becomes more and more difficult for Isabel to keep. In the meantime she comes across a revealing note accidentally put in the pocket of her son's jacket at daycare, and obviously intended for another classmate's parent.Thankfully, Isabel's devoted husband, Jamie, is there to help our heroine navigate her competing moral obligations. Beautifully perceptive and witty, this original short story by Alexander McCall Smith shows Isabel calling upon all of her intelligence, charm, and tact.

At the Reunion Buffet

At the Reunion Buffet

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/05/2015

In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) back into your life.Isabel Dalhousie--philosopher, mother and friend--has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her Edinburgh home, bringing with them new names new looks, and old reputations. While some see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren't interested in changing their minds about the past. One particular classmate, Barbara Grant, was known as an especially mean girl who bullied the others relentlessly. As hostess, Isabel feels compelled to help her guests on the path toward reconciliation, but bitter feelings and long-held secrets threaten to derail her efforts entirely. With her trademark insight and compassion, Isabel Dalhousie may find a way to navigate the treacherous waters of mean "e;girls"e;, with mercy and forgiveness.

Isabel Dalhousie Series--Novels 1, 2 & 3

Isabel Dalhousie Series--Novels 1, 2 & 3

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/04/2015

The second flagship and bestselling series from the literary sensation Alexander McCall Smith, the Isabel Dalhousie series is enormously engaging, wonderfully witty and complete with local Edinburgh colour and flavour. The novels follow the intrepid and irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousiepart-time sleuth and editor of The Review of Applied Ethicsas she muses on moral questions and wades through the mysteries of other people's lives, with the help of her no-nonsense housekeeper, Grace; frequent visits to her niece, Cat's, Italian delicatessen; and the friendship of Cat's musician ex-boyfriend, Jamie. In The Sunday Philosophy Club; Friends, Lovers, Chocolates; and The Right Attitude to Rain Isabel resolves tricky matters of both heart and mind, including sometimes, her own.

Emma

Emma

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/11/2014

Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to the Austen classic, Emma.'It's comfort reading at its most soothing' IndependentPrepare to meet a young woman who thinks she knows everything.Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse triumphantly arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorcycle up to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end, abandoned in the giant family pile, Hartfield, alongside Emma's anxiety-ridden father. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige.As she gets her fledging design business off the ground, there is plenty to delight her in the buzzing little village of Highbury. At the helm of her own dinner parties and instructing her new little protegee, Harriet Smith, Emma reigns forth. But there is only one person who can play with Emma's indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbour George Knightley - this time has Emma finally met her match?You don't have to be in London to go to parties, find amusement or make trouble. Not if you're Emma, the very big fish in the rather small pond. But for a young woman who knows everything, Emma has a lot to learn about herself.Ever alive to the uproarious nuances of human behaviour, and both the pleasures and pitfalls of village life, beloved author Alexander McCall Smith's Emma is the busybody we all know and love, and a true modern delight.

Mystery of the Missing Lion

Mystery of the Missing Lion

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/10/2014

A detective in the wild. Precious Ramotswe gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. On her first day in camp, a new lion arrives. But this is no average lion: Teddy is an actor-lion who came with a film crew. When Teddy escapes, Precious and her resourceful new friend Khumo decide to use their detective skills to help track him. They will brave the wilds of the bushand its hippos and crocodilesas they try to find where Teddy has gone.

Emma: free sampler

Emma: free sampler

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/08/2014

A free sampler of beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith's modern and delightful EMMA.Prepare to meet a young woman who thinks she knows everything.Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse triumphantly arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorcycle up to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end, abandoned in the giant family pile, Hartfield, alongside Emma's anxiety-ridden father. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige.As she gets her fledging design business off the ground, there is plenty to delight her in the buzzing little village of Highbury. At the helm of her own dinner parties and instructing her new little protegee, Harriet Smith, Emma reigns forth. But there is only one person who can play with Emma's indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbour George Knightley - this time has Emma finally met her match?You don't have to be in London to go to parties, find amusement or make trouble. Not if you're Emma, the very big fish in the rather small pond. But for a young woman who knows everything, Emma has a lot to learn about herself.Ever alive to the uproarious nuances of human behaviour, and both the pleasures and pitfalls of village life, beloved author Alexander McCall Smith's Emma is the busybody we all know and love, and a true modern delight.

Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party

Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/08/2014

An all-new, never-before-published eBook original novel by the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, about a hapless American tourist's larger-than-life comical trip to Ireland. Cornelius P. "e;Fatty"e; O'Leary and his wife Betty plan a vacation in Ireland for his fortieth birthday, where they will tour his ancestral homeland and relax in the countryside. Almost immediately, things go terribly wrong: the seats in economy class on the plane are too small; the country hotel's dinner spread and bathroom fixtures leave much to be desired; and the down-to-earth O'Learys find their fellow guests are more than a little snobbish. In this amusing and touching portrayal of a kindly and misunderstood soul, McCall Smith has created yet another memorable character who will become an instant favorite to his many fans.Available exclusively as an eBook.

Mystery of Meerkat Hill

Mystery of Meerkat Hill

Author: Alexander McCall Smith Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/10/2013

Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people's lives. There are two new students in her class, a girl called Teb and a boy called Pontsho. She learns that they are brother and sister, andeven more excitingthat Pontsho has a clever pet meerkat named Kosi. One day, Teb and Pontsho's family's cow disappears. Precious helps them look for clues to find the cow. But getting the cow back home will require some quick thinking and help from an unexpected source.