Alexander McCall Smith is best known as the creator of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s leading––and only––female private detective and heroine of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The discussion will focus on the tenth book in the series, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, which is on the New York Times Best-seller List, and why the series has such appeal.
Other books in the series are The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Tears of the Giraffe, Morality for Beautiful Girls, The Kalahari Typing School for Men, The Full Cupboard of Life, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Blue Shoes and Happiness, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, and The Miracle at Speedy Motors. The series has sold over 14 million copies in the English language worldwide, has been translated into 39 languages, and has been dramatized by the BBC and for HBO.
McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe and educated there and in Scotland. His home is in Edinburgh, where he is professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, with a specialty in bioethics. He has had over 60 books published in medical and criminal law, philosophy, children’s books, short stories and novels, and three other series (The Sunday Philosophy Club series, The von Igelfeld series, and The Scotland Street series).