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Alexander McCall Smith

About The Author

Alexander McCall SmithPODCAST OF EVENT AVAILABLE HERE

Since the publication of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency in 1998, Alexander McCall Smith - Sandy to his friends and fans - has become one of best-loved of contemporary authors. His magical series set in Gaborone and starring Mma Precious Ramotswe has sold over 20m copies worldwide, and have also been adapted for radio and television, the latter directed by Anthony Minghella .

Sandy has also created four other hugely popular series, 44 Scotland Street, The Sunday Philosophy Club (also known as The Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries), Corduroy Mansions and The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom (also called The Von Igelfeld novels), as well as a number of standalone books and many books for children. In 2006 he was awarded a CBE for services to literature.

Born in Rhodesia, he has a great fondness for Africa: he co-wrote what remains the only guide to the legal system of Botswana and founded the country's first centre for opera training. He has also been involved in numerous other charitable projects in Botswana and throughout the African continent. As a highly respected professor of medical law, he has served in a number of high-profile committees on medical ethics both in the UK and for UNESCO.

He is also famously a founder member of the Really Terrible Orchestra of Great Britain, created to give those without notable musical talent the opportunity to perform in public. They now perform adequately to packed houses.

 

Alexander McCall Smith appearing at Foyles

 Unusual Uses for Olive OilIn October 2012 Sandy appeared at the Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross Road in his only London event to promote, Unusual Uses for Olive Oil, his fourth book featuring Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, and discuss the latest in the 44 Scotland Street series, Bertie Plays the Blues, and Precious and Monkeys, his second children's book featuring Mma Ramotswe.

Sandy is one of the funniest , most entertaining authors on the literary circuit, and the evening was tremundous fun. You can hear a podcast of the event here.

 

Alexander McCall Smith's favourite books

As man of diverse and prodigous talents and interests, we thought that a glimpse at his bookshelves would prove rather fascinating, so we asked Sandy to pick out some of his very favourite books and tell us why they mean so much to him. The list features classic, fiction, poetry, psychology, music and much more.

 

Below the selection is a list of titles by Alexander McCall Smith currently in print in the UK. You may find other editions in our 'New and Used' section by typing the author's name into the Search field at the top of this page and selecting the 'Author Exact' filter to the far right of the Search field.

 

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R.K. Narayan Omnibus: Swami and...
(Hardback)
R. K. Narayan
Narayan was one of the very first Indian novelists writing in English to gain a substantial western following. His Malgudi novels provide a marvellous picture of the life of an Indian town and are full of humour and human yearning.
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Excellent Women
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Barbara Pym; Alexander McCall Smith
Barbara Pym has been described as the Jane Austen of our times, and I would concur with this view. She created a whole world of people living rather mousy lives, illuminated with poignant detail. She is extremely funny in an understated way.
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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
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Brian Moore
Brian Moore is a novelist who deserves a much larger public. This novel, his first, creates a vivid picture of the life of a timid Belfast spinster. It is very poignant.
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The Towers of Trebizond
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Rose Macaulay
This is a humorous classic that is largely ignored today but which is still as amusing as it was when it was first published. It has a classic first line, never since equalled.
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Mapp and Lucia
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E. F. Benson
Benson wrote a number of novels about two warring women. They are, I believe, among the funniest books written in English in the last century. Lucia is a queen among snobs. Her piano-playing friend, Georgie, is utterly memorable.
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The Conservationist
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Nadine Gordimer
This is a gravely beautiful novel with an extraordinarily strong sense of place and time.
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A Hundred Doors
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Michael Longley
Michael Longley is a Northern Irish poet of immense distinction. His work is subtle and beautiful. Many of his lines are simply haunting.
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Collected Short Stories: Volume 1
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W. Somerset Maugham
Maugham is currently not as widely read as he deserves to be. He was a master of the short story, and even if the world he describes has largely passed away, his insights into human nature remain as striking as ever.
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The Making of Music: A Journey with...
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James Naughtie
James Naughtie, familiar to many through the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 is not only one of our finest broadcasters but also a considerable musicologist. This is a wonderful survey of musical history.
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The Poems of Norman MacCaig
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Norman MacCaig; Ewen McCaig
One of our greatest and most influential Scottish poets now has this collected edition of his works which will give readers years of pleasure.
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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings,...
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Christopher Alexander; etc.
Christopher Alexander is an architectural guru whose work is greatly appreciated by a growing band of followers. This book is astounding. I dip into it at odd moments, savouring the insights of this prophet of humane architecture and design. He changed the way I feel about buildings; after you read it, prepare to look at the world around you with very different eyes.
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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
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Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton is a philosopher who writes on a wide range of subjects within aesthetics. His observations on art and music are profound and stated with great clarity.
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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Muriel Spark; Candia McWilliam
Muriel Spark’s character, Jean Brodie, is a teacher in nineteen-thirties Edinburgh. She is one of the great characters of Scottish literature.
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Tuscany: A History
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Alistair Moffat
Alistair Moffat writes beautifully on history and topography. Here he leads us through that moist entrancing of Italian regions, Tuscany.
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The Complete Psychological Works of...
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Sigmund Freud
Freud can be read as literature. The case of Little Hans is memorable and reminds us of the theatrical nature of the Freudian enterprise. Freud wrote up relatively few cases, but they provide a remarkable insight into the world of one of the towering figures of modern times.
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Deep Water
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Patricia Highsmith
Patricia Highsmith is known for her extraordinary Ripley novels. This novel, her first after she wrote The Talented Mr Ripley provides us with an example of her ability to portray psychopathy as no other author has ever managed to do. She is the one author who can actually scare me.
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In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way:...
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Marcel Proust; Terence Kilmartin; D....
Reading Proust is a major project, but one well worth undertaking. This is the first volume of his great novel, and provides a good introduction to his astonishing prose. Reading Proust is like bathing in words – and requires a life-jacket.
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Madame Bovary
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Gustave Flaubert; Manolo Blahnik;...
This atmosphere of this powerful novel remains with the reader well after the last page has been turned.
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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
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Iona Opie; Peter Opie; Marina Warner
This is a classic of folklore collecting – the informants being British children. Many of us will remember the rhymes and sayings collected here.
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Available Titles By This Author

Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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Morality for Beautiful Girls
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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44 Scotland Street
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Double Comfort Safari Club
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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Corduroy Mansions
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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Tears of the Giraffe
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Chocolate Money Mystery
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Joke Machine
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Full Cupboard of Life
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Kalahari Typing School for Men
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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Blue Shoes and Happiness
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£7.99
 

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Espresso Tales: The Latest from 44...
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
Love Over Scotland
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Doughnut Ring
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£4.99
 

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The Girl Who Married a Lion: ...
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith; Naomi Holwill
 
 
£8.99
 
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
£8.99
 
The World According to Bertie
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Dog Who Came in from the Cold
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
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The Importance of Being Seven
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
The Banana Machine
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£4.99
 
The Lost Art of Gratitude: An Isabel...
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
The Muscle Machine
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£4.99
 
The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel...
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
The Spaghetti Tangle
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Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£5.99
 
Akimbo and the Crocodile Man
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£3.99
 

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Akimbo and the Snakes
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith; Peter Bailey
 
 
£5.99
 
The Baboons Who Went This Way and...
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith; Naomi Holwill
 
 
£6.99
 
La's Orchestra Saves the World
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
The Miracle at Speedy Motors
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
(Hardback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£16.99
 

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Precious and the Puggies: Precious...
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith; James...
 
 
£6.99
 

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The Charming Quirks of Others: An...
(Paperback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£8.99
 
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth
(Hardback)
Alexander McCall Smith
 
 
£17.99
 

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Past Events for this Author

Latest Blog
#FoylesFive: Non-Fiction Picture Books
07/12/2016

Matt from our web team tells us all about his favourite Non-Fiction children's books for this Christmas and beyond.

Damian Barr Revisits a Christmas Classic
06/12/2016

It’s Christmas so this month we had to choose Dickens’s classic festive ghost story, A Christmas Carol.

#FoylesFive: Graphic Novel Gifts
01/12/2016

Matt from our web team shares his great graphic novel gifts, that will make someone's Christmas extra special.

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