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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. You can find a selection of Alexander McCall Smith signed books below this biography.

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.

Alexander McCall Smith Book List and Awards
Author's website: www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk
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To the Land of Long Lost Friends
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To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse
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The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious and Grace

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Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
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The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

The Novel Habits of Happiness
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The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

Emma: A Modern Retelling
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Emma: A Model Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith
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Precious and Grace | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First UK Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Precious and Grace | Signed First UK Edition Copy

Author Signed UK Hardcover Book. October 2016 LON: Little, Brown  First UK edition, first 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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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

Author Signed Hardcover Book. October 2014 NY: Knopf  First edition, first printing, near-fine (previous owner name and address inside front board) in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.   Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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The Race to Kangaroo Cliff | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Race to Kangaroo Cliff, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. April 2019 NY: Random House   First edition, first 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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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

Author Signed Hardcover Book. October 2014 NY: Knopf  First edition, first 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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Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book October 2015 NY: Pantheon      First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2009 NY: Pantheon   First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.   Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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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

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2008 NY: Knopf Doubleday   First edition, first 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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Full Cupboard of Life, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Full Cupboard of Life, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2003 NY: Pantheon Books First edition, first 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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Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  November 2013 NY: Knopf Doubleday   First edition, first 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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Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2012 NY: Pantheon First edition, first 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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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The | Signed First Edition Copy

First Edition Hardcover Book. 2005 NY: Pantheon  First edition, first 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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Miracle at Speedy Motors, THe | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Miracle at Speedy Motors, THe | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2008 NY: Knopf    First edition, first 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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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

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  April 2007 NY: Random House   First edition, first 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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Forgotten Affairs of Youth, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Forgotten Affairs of Youth, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. December 2011 CA: Knopf Canada   First Canadian edition, first 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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Conspiracy of Friends, A | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Conspiracy of Friends, A | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2011 CA: Knopf Canada  First Canadian edition, first 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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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

Author Signed Hardcover Book. October 2014 NY: Knopf  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.   Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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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

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2006 NY: Random House   First edition, first 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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Sunday Philosophy Club, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Sunday Philosophy Club, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2004 NY: Pantheon    First edition, first 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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Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  March 2011 CA: Knopf Canada   First Canadian edition, first 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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Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  November 2013 CA: Knopf Canada  First Canadian edition, first 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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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

Author Signed Hardcover Book. October 2014 NY: Knopf Canada  First Canadian edition, first 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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Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2012 CA: Knopf Canada First Canadian edition, first 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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Right Attitude to Rain, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Right Attitude to Rain, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2006 NY: Pantheon First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author, remainder marked.   Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Canadian Edition Smith, Alexander McCall | Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, The | Signed First Canadian Edition

Author Signed Hardcover Book 2015 NY: Knopf Canada     First Canadian edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2005 NY: Pantheon     First edition, first 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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Right Attitude to Rain, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Right Attitude to Rain, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2006 NY: Pantheon    First edition, first 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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Sunday Philosophy Club, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Sunday Philosophy Club, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2004 NY: Pantheon    First 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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Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  March 2011 NY: Random House   First edition, first 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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Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2012 NY: Pantheon First 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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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built | Smith, Alexander McCall | Signed First Edition Book Smith, Alexander McCall | Tea Time for the Traditionally Built | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  April 2009: Knopf    First edition, first 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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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
  18. To the Land of Long Lost Friends - October 2019

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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