Alexander McCall Smith Books In Order

Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Books

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tears of the Giraffe (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mortality for Beautiful Girls (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Full Cupboard of Life (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Shoes and Happiness (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Miracle at Speedy Motors (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Double Comfort Safari Club (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious and Grace (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Collections

The Cleverness of Ladies (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld Entertainment Books

Portuguese Irregular Verbs (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Books

The Sunday Philosophy Club (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Right Attitude to Rain (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Careful Use of Compliments (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Comfort of Saturdays (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Art of Gratitude (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Charming Quirks of Others (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Novel Habits of Happiness (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Isabel Dalhousie Short Stories

The Perils of Morning Coffee (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Reunion Buffet (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of 44 Scotland Street Books

44 Scotland Street (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Espresso Tales (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Over Scotland (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World According to Bertie (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Importance of Being Seven (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bertie Plays the Blues (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunshine on Scotland Street (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Revolving Door of Life (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Myths Books

Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Corduroy Mansions Books

Cordurory Mansions (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dog Who Came in From the Cold (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Conspiracy of Friends (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of School Ship Tobermory Books

School Ship Tobermory (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sands of Shark Island (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

La's Orchestra Saves the World (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Rest for the Dead (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Forever Girl (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Italian Bulldozer (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Akimbo Children's Books

Akimbo and the Lions (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Akimbo and the Crocodile Man (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Akimbo and the Elephants (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Akimbo and the Snakes (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Akimbo and the Baboons (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Harriet Bean Children's Books

The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Max & Maddy Children's Books

Bursting Balloons Mystery (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chocolate Money Mystery (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Precious Ramotswe Children's Books

Precious and the Monkeys (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Cake Mystery (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious and the Zebra Necklace (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Precious Ramotswe Children's Books

The Great Cake Mystery tells the story of Precious Ramotswe's first case.

Publication Order of Standalone Children's Books

The White Hippo (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfect Hamburger (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alix and the Tigers (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tin Dog (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calculator Annie (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Popcorn Pirates (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doughnut Ring (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paddy and the Ratcatcher (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Muscle Machine (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bubblegum Tree (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Teacher Trouble (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble at the North Pole and Other Stories (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One City (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ox-Tales: Air (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book That Changed My Life (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trains and Lovers (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Children of Wax: African Folk Tales (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What W.H. Auden Can Do For You (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alexander McCall Smith also known as Sandy was born in 24th August in 1948. He was born in Africa, Bulawayo Rhodesia present day Zimbabwe. He holds a United Kingdom citizenship and is a British National. Alexander McCall Smith is an academic who writes Fiction books specifically crime fiction. He also writes children’s books and academic non-fiction books.

Alexander McCall Smith’s Life

The author was born in Bulawayo, which was a British colony at the time. The country was known as Southern Rhodesia. Alexander McCall Smith’s father worked as a public prosecutor in British colony of Southern Rhodesia.

He was raised in a Christian family and grew up a God loving son. Most of his books have an African depiction in them with the covers showing his African heritage. All these were influenced by his early life in Africa and his interaction with the natives. The author lives in Scotland.

Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh Scotland with his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a physician. They have two daughters Lucy and Emily. He is currently an Emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh University School of law.

The academic is known to be an amateur bassoonist and a founding member of the really terrible Orchestra. He has played a significant role in developing the future of Botswana both as a lawyer and through his social skills.

Alexander McCall Smith’s career and education

The author is a Rhodesian born British writer who lived in Zimbabwe before moving to the United Kingdom. He spent most of his lifetime in Africa. He is currently an emeritus profession of medical law. He is a professor at the University of Edinburgh where he still dispenses academic service.

In United Kingdom Alexander McCall Smith is a respected medical law and bioethics professional. He has served in various capacities in his profession including being in the British and International committees that tackle issues relating to medical law and bioethics. In addition to being a professor in these two fields, he is a fiction writer.

Alexander McCall Smith education journey started in Zimbabwe where he studies at the Christian Brothers College. He then moved to Scotland where like his father, He studied law at the University of Edinburgh. He earned his PhD in law from the university and started his teaching career.

Alexander McCall Smith taught at law Queen’s University Belfast. While a teacher at the university, he participated in a literary competition. He entered two books, which were a children’s book and a novel for adults. He won the children’s category in the competition. After winning, Alexander McCall Smith went ahead and published around thirty books between the 1980s and the 1990s.

In 1981, Alexander McCall Smith returned to Southern Africa where he taught law at the University of Botswana which he co-founded. In Botswana, Alexander McCall Smith is credited for co-authoring the only academic book in Botswana’s legal system. The book is called The criminal law of Botswana. The book was published in 1992. After a remarkable life in Botswana, the author retuned to Scotland in 1984 where he lives today.

Alexander McCall Smith was the former chairperson of the British Medical Journal ethics committee until 2002. He is the former vice chairperson of the Human Genetics Commission in UK. He is also a former member of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee. Currently, the author has relieved himself of these responsibilities and is focusing on his career as a writer.

Alexander McCall Smith’s writing career

As earlier indicated, Alexander McCall Smith has around thirty books to his name. Once he became an avid writer he focused on writing and published many books during that period. His first popular book was the White Hippo. The White Hippo is a children’s novel that was published in 1980. A stream of Children’s book followed as the author relieved himself from academic scripts that he use to write.

Alexander McCall Smith has also done a number of series such as 1. Ladies Detective Agency series that has fourteen books, 44 Scotland street series that has nine books, and the Sunday Philosophy Club series. He also has a number of novels and short stories to his name.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The book is based on the life of the people of Botswana. It is about a Precious Ramotswe. Precious Ramotswe is a thrity five year old lady who is intelligent and observant. It is the first book in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. The book takes you through a journey of life in Africa. It is more of a contest between contemporary medicine and the witchdoctors who still offer medical solutions to people in Africa particularly Botswana.

Mma Ramotswe’s father dies. She inherits the cattle that he owned. Amazingly, she sells the cattle to open a detective agency. It is an agency that is run by a woman. His business is tracking missing husbands, daughters, sons, and witch doctors. The book also depicts the conflict in religion between Christianity and Africa traditional sects.

The main protagonists in the book Precious Ramotswe, is a detective. She solves crimes that have been committed in the Southern African country through her intellect and detailed analysis of events. She is a genius who cannot let any crime evade her intellect.

The Kalahari Typing School for Men

The book The Kalahari Typing School for Men is the fourth book in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The story is still about Precious Ramotswe. Precious Ramotswe has been the leading and the only female detective around. However, in this book, she faces competition. Her position as a leading detective is challenged as another detective agency is opened.

This time, a man leads it. Not just any other man, but a man that has international experience. She has to do something about it otherwise her legacy fades. In the book, the author brings an intimate part of Precious Ramotswe.

The book ends well. In the book, McCall Smith brings out the characters in his typical simple fashion. Nevertheless, the books nourish the soul as you get to know the characters intimately. He portrays Africa as a beautiful place with descriptive words that take you there.

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