Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 100 books, including academic titles, short story collections, and immensely popular children’s books. But he is best known for his acclaimed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Perhaps you’ve seen the delightful HBO series, which aired in 2009. McCall Smith is the author of several other series… including one featuring female sleuth named Isabel Dalhousie. Look for the tenth mystery in that series, The Strange Habits of Happiness, in Spring 2015. McCall Smith’s newest series for kids is based on the adventures of the beloved Precious Ramotswe as a little girl.
McCall Smith was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and was educated there and in Scotland. He became a law professor in Scotland, and returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped establish a law school at the University of Botswana. For many years, he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, and a visiting professor at numerous other universities. In addition to his university work, McCall Smith has been the vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.
McCall Smith currently lives in Edinburgh. His hobbies include playing wind instruments. In fact, he is the co-founder of an amateur orchestra called “The Really Terrible Orchestra.” He has also written several librettos, including one for The Okavango Macbeth, set among a troop of baboons in the Okavango Delta, which has been staged in Africa and in the UK.
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