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Alexander McCall Smith

Scotland (1948 - )

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH has a double existence. He is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. These range from specialist titles such as 'Forensic Aspects of Sleep', (the only book on the subject) to 'The Criminal Law of Botswana' (also the only book on the subject) and from the widely translated 'The Perfect Hamburger' (a children's novel) to 'Portuguese Irregular Verbs' (a collection of stories about eccentric German professors). His collection of African stories, 'Children of Wax', received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.






Precious Ramotswe
0.5. The Great Cake Mystery (2012)
1. Precious and the Monkeys (2010)
     aka Precious and the Puggies
2. Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill (2012)
     aka The Mystery of Meerkat Hill
3. Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion (2013)
4. Precious and the Zebra Necklace (2015)

Picture Books
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel winner (2015) : Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party

Alexander McCall Smith recommends

Last Orders at Harrods (2005)
(Last Orders at Harrods Trilogy, book 1)
Michael Holman
"Delightful, entertaining, profound."
Passarola Rising
Passarola Rising (2006)
Azhar Abidi
"Azhar Abidi is not an author who has his feet on the ground. And that's a compliment."

Blood in the Water (2007)
(Alice Rice Mystery, book 1)
Gillian Galbraith
"This is a vivid and exciting story, set against the background of Edinburgh's legal and medical circles. There is not a dull page from start to finish."

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (2007)
(Oscar Wilde, book 1)
Gyles Brandreth
"One of the most intelligent, amusing and entertaining books of the year. If Oscar Wilde himself had been asked to write this book he could not have done it any better."

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (2010)
Helen Simonson
"A beautiful little love story."

At the Loch of the Green Corrie (2010)
Andrew Greig
"Exquisitely written, moving and utterly memorable."

Unwritten Secrets (2010)
Ronald Frame
"Scotland's finest contemporary writer."

A Surrey State of Affairs (2011)
Ceri Radford
"A comic gem."

Lucia on Holiday (2012)
Guy Fraser-Sampson
"Lucia is back! This is a wonderful new adventure written with all the style and humour of Benson himself."

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken (2012)
(Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, book 3)
Tarquin Hall
"These books are little gems. They are beautifully written, amusing, and intensely readable."

Feast of Artemis (2013)
(Hermes Diaktoros, book 7)
Anne Zouroudi
"Anne Zouroudi writes beautifully - her books have all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them. The Lady of Sorrows, her latest, is a gorgeous treat ... Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections."

Ghost Moon (2014)
Ron Butlin
"One of the most powerful and compelling pieces to emerge from the pen of this superb writer."

Murder On the Second Tee (2014)
(Flick Fortune and Baggo Chandavarkar, book 2)
Ian Simpson
"Ian Simpson is a real find."

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