Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His many books include the highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies. His other series include the Scotland Street novels, the Sunday Philosophy Club series, and the Corduroy Mansions novels. His many awards include the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007.
‘The breadth of his body of work vividly evokes places and characters who are infused with humanity, decency, wit and humour’ – The National Arts Club citation
The House of Unexpected Sisters
Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life – but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be. And the same goes for Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe’s feisty assistant, who also makes certain discoveries about her own past that cause some surprise. The placid world of the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is further disturbed by the arrival in Gaborone of somebody whom Mma Ramotswe – and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, for that matter – definitely do not want to see. Of course calm eventually prevails – as it always does in the timeless world of these remarkable ladies. Tea is served, and life continues.
A Time of Love and Tartan
A Time of Love and Tartan is Book 12 in the 44 Scotland Street series. Alexander McCall Smith’s delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out to include tennis-playing Rwandan Forest People, researches into levitating Celtic saints, bogus headhunters in Papua New Guinea and primary school performances of Beckett. But its heart remains where it has always been – true to life, love and laughter in Edinburgh’s New Town.
The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse
World War II. England is under threat, and everybody has a part to play, no matter how small. Val works on a farm as a Land Girl, supplying produce to the local air force base where she meets an American aviator. Their lives become intertwined, as they do their bit in the effort to combat the Nazi menace. Even Val’s sheepdog, the curiously named Peter Woodhouse, is caught up in the conflict when he becomes the American’s mascot. A small cog in the vast machine of war, Peter Woodhouse brings together two men on the opposite sides of history. An unlikely POW and suddenly imperilled, he inspires a German soldier to an act of humanity in inhuman times. From this, there develop friendships that survive the drama and cruelty of the war and its immediate aftermath, echoing all the way into the Europe of our own times.