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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Winner of the Best Fiction AudioBook of 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.


The audio edition of the collected first season of Alexander McCall Smith's Tea Time for the Traditionally Built has been named the Best Fiction AudioBook of 2009.

The competition was decided by public vote via From the press release announcing the winners:

"Twenty titles were selected from over one hundred titles entered by audio publishers. The judging panel was formed of key figures from audio publishing, trade press and national media including The Times' audiobook reviewer Christina Hardyment and prolific audio abridger Kati Nicholl. The panel's selections were based on excellence in several criteria: quality of literary content, abridgement, reading, production value and sound quality."

Sarah Broadhurst

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Synopsis

It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the big-shot owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know very little about is football. And when the glamorous Violet Sephotho sets her sights on Mma Makutsi's unsuspecting fiance, it becomes exasperatingly clear that some men do not know how to recognise a ruthless Jezebel even when she is bouncing up and down on the best bed in the Double Comfort Furniture Shop. In her attempt to foster understanding between the sexes and find the traitor on Mr Football's team, Mma Ramotswe ventures into new territory, drinks tea in unfamiliar kitchens and learns to trust in the observational powers of small boys. And, as wise and warm-hearted as his heroine, Alexander McCall Smith reminds us that we must dig deep to uncover the goodness of the human heart.

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ISBN: 9780349119977
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405504409
Publication date: 05/03/2009
Publisher: Hachette Audio an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: CD-Audio

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ISBN: 9781405504409
Publication date: 5th March 2009
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette Audio an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: CD-Audio
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About Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series ...

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