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Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith was born in 1948 in what is now Zimbabwe. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a PhD in law. He also holds 12 honorary doctorates from universities around the world, and was honored for his literary accomplishments by the president of Zimbabwe.

After graduating, McCall Smith began teaching at Queen's University Belfast, and during this period in his life he entered a writing competition in both adult novel and children's book categories. He won the latter category, and first his story The White Hippo was published in 1980, but his writing career did not begin in earnest until later in his life. McCall Smith's next adventure brought him back to Africa where he helped found the law school at the University of Botswana. During this period in his life he co-wrote a volume on the criminal law system of that country. He also founded Botswana's first center for operatic training, and wrote the libretto of their very first production.

When he returned to the United Kingdom, McCall Smith took up at the University of Edinburgh as a Professor of Medical Law, and today holds the position of Professor Emeritus there. He has also been a visiting professor at several other universities, in America, Italy, and elsewhere. McCall Smith vice-chaired the UK Human Genetics Commission for four years. He also chaired the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee for several years and was a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.

McCall Smith is best known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the first book of which was published in 1998. He is an extremely prolific author, and has published over 80 novels/children's books, not to speak of his short stories academic works. He has received many literary awards, and was made a CBE for his services to literature in the Queen's New Year Honors List.

Alexander McCall Smith currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth. He founded "The Really Terrible Orchestra" in which he plays the bassoon and his wife plays the horn.

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Author's website: www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk
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Blue Shoes and Happiness | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Blue Shoes and Happiness | Signed First Edition Copy

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Charming Quirks of Others, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Charming Quirks of Others, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Colors of All the Cattle | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Colors of All the Cattle, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Conspiracy of Friends, A | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed Book Club Edition Smith, Alexander McCall | Conspiracy of Friends, A | Signed Book Club Edition

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Conspiracy of Friends, A | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition UK Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Conspiracy of Friends, A | Signed First Edition UK Copy

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Corduroy Mansions | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Corduroy Mansions | Signed First Edition Copy

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Double Comfort Safari Club, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Double Comfort Safari Club, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Dream Angus: Celtic God of Dreams, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | First Edition UK Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Dream Angus: Celtic God of Dreams, The | First Edition UK Book

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Emma: A Modern Retelling | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Emma: A Modern Retelling | Signed First Edition Copy

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Forever Girl, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Forever Girl, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Forgotten Affairs of Youth, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Forgotten Affairs of Youth, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate | Smith, Alexander McCall | First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Friends, Lovers, Chocolate | First Edition Copy

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Good Husband of Zebra Drive, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Good Husband of Zebra Drive, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | In the Company of Cheerful Ladies | Signed First Edition Copy

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2004 UK: Polygon  First UK edition, later printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2004 LON: Polygon First UK edition, first printing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket, damage to rear board/jacket, signed by the author. Scarce UK Edition! Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Alexander McCall Smith Bibliography


The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

  1. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency - 1998
  2. Tears of the Giraffe - 2000
  3. Morality for Beautiful Girls - 2001
  4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men - 2002
  5. The Full Cupboard of Life - 2003
  6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - 2004 (also known as The Night-Time Dancer)
  7. Blue Shoes and Happiness - 2006
  8. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - 2007
  9. The Miracle at Speedy Motors - 2008
  10. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - 2009
  11. The Double Comfort Safari Club - 2010
  12. Precious and the Puggies - 2010 (children's novella, first published in a Scots translation by James Robertson)
  13. Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - 2011
  14. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon - 2013
  15. The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe - 2014
  16. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine - 2015
  17. Precious and Grace - October 2016

The 2˝ Pillars of Wisdom Series

  1. Portuguese Irregular Verbs - 2003
  2. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs - 2003
  3. At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances - 2003
  4. Unusual Uses of Olive Oil - 2011

The Sunday Philosophy Club Series (also known as Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries)

  1. The Sunday Philosophy Club - 2004
  2. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate - 2005
  3. The Right Attitude to Rain - 2006
  4. The Careful Use of Compliments - 2007
  5. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday - 2008 (published in the UK as The Comfort of Saturdays)
  6. The Lost Art of Gratitude - 2009
  7. The Charming Quirks of Others - 2010
  8. The Forgotten Affairs of Youth - 2011
  9. The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds - 2012
  10. The Novel Habits of Happiness - 2015

44 Scotland Street Series

  1. 44 Scotland Street - 2005
  2. Espresso Tales - 2005
  3. Love over Scotland - 2006
  4. The World According to Bertie - 2007
  5. The Unbearable Lightness of Scones - 2008
  6. The Importance of Being Seven - 2010
  7. Bertie Plays the Blues - 2011
  8. Sunshine on Scotland Street - 2012
  9. Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers - 2013

Corduroy Mansions Series

  1. Corduroy Mansions - 2009
  2. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold - 2009 (originally published online daily in serial form; published as a hardcover in 2010)
  3. A Conspiracy of Friends - 2011

Other Novels

  • La's Orchestra Saves the World - 2008
  • Trains and Lovers - 2012
  • The Forever Girl - 2014
  • EMMA: A Modern Retelling - 2015
  • The Good Pilot Alexander Woodhouse - May 2018

Short Story Collections

  • Children of Wax: African Folk Tales - 1991
  • Heavenly Date: And Other Flirtations - 1995
  • The Girl Who Married a Lion: And Other Tales from Africa - 2004

Children's Books

  • The White Hippo - 1980
  • The Perfect Hamburger - 1984
  • Alix and the Tigers - 1988
  • The Tin Dog - 1990
  • Calculator Annie - 1991
  • The Popcorn Pirates - 1991
  • Akimbo and the Lions - 1992
  • The Doughnut Ring - 1992
  • Akimbo and the Crocodile Man - 1993
  • Paddy and the Ratcatcher - 1994
  • The Muscle Machine - 1995
  • The Bubblegum Tree - 1996
  • Bursting Balloons Mystery - 1997
  • The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean - 1997
  • Chocolate Money Mystery - 1999
  • Teacher Trouble - 2000
  • Akimbo and the Elephants - 2005
  • Dream Angus - 2006
  • Akimbo and the Snakes - 2006
  • Akimbo and the Baboons - 2008
  • Precious and the Mischeif at Meerkat Brae - 2013

Alexander McCall Smith Awards

  • The SAGA Award for Wit - 2003
  • British Book Awards—Author of the Year Award
  • Bookseller’s Association—Author of the Year Award
  • Senior Fellow, Massey College, Toronto - 2006
  • Theakston Old Peculier Award—Book of the Year for Blue Shoes and Happiness
  • CBE for Services to Literature, United Kingdom- 2007
  • Great Scot Award from National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA - 2008
  • Giuseppe Acerbi Literary Prize - 2010
  • Presidential Order of Merit from the President of Botswana for services through literature to the country - 2011
  • Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse through the Arts, Debating Society of Trinity College, Dublin - 2012
  • Duke University, NC, USA—Duke LEAF Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts - 2013
  • The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction - 2015
  • The National Arts Club of America Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature - 2017

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