Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is an internationally known British fiction writer. He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1948.

Academic Career

  • Studied at the Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo
  • Then moved to Scotland where he studied law at the University of Edinburgh
  • He was also a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh where he quite his position in 2005 to focus on his writing

He has also received an Honorary Degree of Doctors of Laws at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and is now Emeritus Professor.

Interesting Facts...

  1. He once taught law at the University of Botswana
  2. He has written a book on the criminal law of Botswana
  3. He is an amateur bassoonist
  4. He co founded the No 1 Ladies Opera House in Botswana's capital, Gaborone
  5. His first book was "The white hippo" which was published in 1980


Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 50 books including the no 1 ladies detective agency series...

The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series includes the following titles...

  1. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Movie Tie-in Edition)
  2. The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Regular Trade Edition)
  3. Tears of the Giraffe
  4. Morality for Beautiful Girls
  5. The Kalahari Typing School for Men
  6. The Full Cupboard of Life
  7. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
  8. Blue Shoes and Happiness
  9. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
  10. The Miracle at Speedy Motors
  11. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Besides being a best-selling author of short stories,novels and children books, he has also written books on criminal law as well as co-edited a book on forensic aspects of sleep disorder.


He has also received awards for his writing including the following...

  • The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was voted as one of The Times Literary Supplement’s International Books of the Year and the Millennium - 1998
  • Saga Wit Award for The Full Cupboard of life - 2003
  • He was named author of the year by the British Book Awards as well as the Booksellers Association - 2004
  • Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Edinburgh - 2006
  • CBE (for services to literature)- 2007

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