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Alexander Mccall Smith


A Rhodesian-born Scottish article writer, he is most widely known as the inventor from the No. 1 Women’ Detective Company series. His additional mystery series are the Weekend Philosophy Golf club books as well as the 44 Scotland Road series. He also published several children’s books. He went to the Christian Brothers University before shifting to Scotland to review law in the University or college of Edinburgh. One of is own first published functions was a 1978 educational paper entitled Power and Manoeuvrability. He became a well known professional on medical legislation and bioethics. He was created in Bulawayo, Rhodesia. He previously two daughters along with his wife, Elizabeth. His followers include previous First Woman Laura W. Bush.

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Date Of Birth August 24, 1948
Place Of Birth Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Profession Novelist
Education University of Edinburgh, Christian Brothers College, Bulawayo
Nationality British
Spouse Elizabeth Parry
Children Lucy McCall Smith, Emily McCall Smith
Awards Dagger in the Library, Martin Beck Award
Music Groups The Really Terrible Orchestra
Nominations Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller
Movies The Meerkats
TV Shows The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Star Sign Virgo

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1 He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to Literature.
2 A professor of Medical Law in Edinburgh, Scotland, born and spent childhood in Zimbabwe.



The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency TV Series novels - 5 episodes, 2009 novel - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2009
The Meerkats 2008 Documentary narration



Well Read V 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2015 TV Series Himself
Revealing Mr. Maugham 2012 Documentary Himself
Breakfast 2005-2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Author
Efter Tio 2010 TV Series Himself
The Book Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
HARDtalk Extra 2006 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006 TV Series Himself
This Week 2005 TV Series Himself
Alexander McCall Smith: Profile 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bestseller 2003 TV Series Himself - Author

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1 Mma Ramotswe realized that her instinct had been right: this free beauty treatment came at the cost of a favour. Well, that was how the world worked, and she knew that she should not be surprised. Life was a matter of exchanges; you did things for people and they did things for you. And it had to be that way, because you started life with the assistance of the one who brought you into the world - the midwife - and you ended it with the assistance of those who laid you in the ground. Between those two extremes, you often needed the help of others; you needed their company, you needed their love, and they, in turn, needed those things from you.
2 I do find the depiction of ordinary life very attractive. I think that's it's because - if you want get a sense of life, of a place or a person - you have to, I suppose, look at the small parts. They create a sense of the living whole.
3 I am very fond of art. It is a form of communication, principally about the communication of beauty. I don't have a great deal of time for [conceptual art]. I'm more interested in the ability of art to say something about beauty.
4 I enjoy writing about women. I don't know why exactly I chose to have women characters. i think possibly it is the way women look at the world, given the difficulties they overcome in their working lives.
5 [on being asked why he doesn't explore social problems in his writing] That's not the only thing that an author writes about. That's an important thing to do, but it's not the only thing. I think that literature can say quite a lot about the problems of the world by adopting a positive approach. You can actually make profound comments on the world's suffering, but you do it in a slightly different way.

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