Alexander McCall Smith Books

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Alexander McCall Smith is a renowned author who has wrote several books with some of the books making into TV series. He was born is Zimbabwe and worked as a professor of law upon graduating at Scotland.

He has written several books including picture books and children’s novels as well as short stories. Some of the books written by McCall smith include Other Tales From Africa and The Girl who Married a Lion.

Order of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

1The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 1998Description / Buy
2Tears of the Giraffe 2000Description / Buy
3Morality for Beautiful Girls 2001Description / Buy
4The Kalahari Typing School for Men 2002Description / Buy
5The Full Cupboard of Life 2003Description / Buy
6In the Company of Cheerful Ladies 2004Description / Buy
7Blue Shoes and Happiness 2006Description / Buy
8The Good Husband of Zebra Drive 2007Description / Buy
9The Miracle at Speedy Motors 2008Description / Buy
10Tea Time for the Traditionally Built 2009Description / Buy
11The Double Comfort Safari Club 2010Description / Buy
12The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party 2010Description / Buy
13The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection 2012Description / Buy
14The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon 2013Description / Buy
15The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café 2014Description / Buy
16The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine 2015Description / Buy
17Precious and Grace 2016Description / Buy
18The House of Unexpected Sisters 2017Description / Buy
19The Colors of All the Cattle 2018Description / Buy
20To the Land of Long Lost Friends 2019Description / Buy
21How to Raise an Elephant 2020Description / Buy
22The Joy and Light Bus Company 2021Description / Buy

Order of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Collections

1The Cleverness of Ladies 2012Description / Buy

Order of Professor Dr von Igelfeld Series

1Portuguese Irregular Verbs 2003Description / Buy
2The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs 2003Description / Buy
3At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances 2003Description / Buy
4Unusual Uses for Olive Oil 2011Description / Buy
5Your Inner Hedgehog 2021Description / Buy

Order of Isabel Dalhousie Series

1The Sunday Philosophy Club 2004Description / Buy
2Friends, Lovers, Chocolate 2005Description / Buy
3The Right Attitude to Rain 2006Description / Buy
4The Careful Use of Compliments 2007Description / Buy
5The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday 2008Description / Buy
6The Lost Art of Gratitude 2009Description / Buy
7The Charming Quirks of Others 2010Description / Buy
8The Forgotten Affairs of Youth 2011Description / Buy
9The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds 2012Description / Buy
10The Novel Habits of Happiness 2015Description / Buy
11A Distant View of Everything 2017Description / Buy
12The Quiet Side of Passion 2018Description / Buy
13The Geometry of Holding Hands 2020Description / Buy

Order of Isabel Dalhousie Short Stories/Novellas

1The Perils of Morning Coffee (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
2At the Reunion Buffet 2015Description / Buy
3Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of 44 Scotland Street Series

144 Scotland Street 2005Description / Buy
2Espresso Tales 2005Description / Buy
3Love Over Scotland 2006Description / Buy
4The World According to Bertie 2007Description / Buy
5The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones 2008Description / Buy
6The Importance of Being Seven 2010Description / Buy
7Bertie Plays the Blues 2011Description / Buy
8Sunshine on Scotland Street 2012Description / Buy
9Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers 2013Description / Buy
10The Revolving Door of Life 2015Description / Buy
11The Bertie Project 2017Description / Buy
12A Time of Love and Tartan 2017Description / Buy
13The Peppermint Tea Chronicles 2019Description / Buy
14A Promise of Ankles 2020Description / Buy

Order of Myths Series

1Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams 2006Description / Buy
2The Fire Gospel ( By: Michel Faber) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Corduroy Mansions Series

1Corduroy Mansions 2009Description / Buy
2The Dog Who Came in from the Cold 2009Description / Buy
3A Conspiracy of Friends 2010Description / Buy

Order of The School Ship Tobermory Series

1School Ship Tobermory 2015Description / Buy
2The Sands of Shark Island 2016Description / Buy
3The Race to Kangaroo Cliff 2019Description / Buy

Order of Paul Stuart Series

1My Italian Bulldozer 2017Description / Buy
2The Second-Worst Restaurant in France 2019Description / Buy

Order of Detective Varg Series

1The Department of Sensitive Crimes 2019Description / Buy
2The Talented Mr. Varg 2020Description / Buy
3The Man with the Silver Saab 2021Description / Buy

Order of Detective Varg Short Stories/Novellas

1The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy

Order of Akimbo Series

1Akimbo and the Lions (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
2Akimbo and the Crocodile Man 1993Description / Buy
3Akimbo and the Elephants 2005Description / Buy
4Akimbo and the Snakes 2006Description / Buy
5Akimbo and the Baboons (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy

Order of Harriet Bean Series

1The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean 1990Description / Buy
2Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats 1991Description / Buy
3The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean 1993Description / Buy

Order of Max & Maddy Series

1Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery 1997Description / Buy
2Max & Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy

Order of Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cases Series

1The Great Cake Mystery 2009Description / Buy
2Precious and the Monkeys 2010Description / Buy
3Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
4Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion 2013Description / Buy
5Precious and the Zebra Necklace 2015Description / Buy

Order of Young Corgi Series

1Alix and the Tigers 1988Description / Buy
2Suzy Magician 1990Description / Buy
3The Tin Dog 1990Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Standalone Novels

1Uncle Gangster 1989Description / Buy
2La's Orchestra Saves the World 2008Description / Buy
3Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party 2014Description / Buy
4The Forever Girl 2014Description / Buy
5Hari & His Electric Feet 2017Description / Buy
6Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse 2017Description / Buy
7Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Children's Books

1White Hippo 1980Description / Buy
2Film Boy 1988Description / Buy
3The Joke Machine 1990Description / Buy
4Marzipan Max 1991Description / Buy
5The girl who changed the weather 1991Description / Buy
6Calculator Annie 1992Description / Buy
7Springy Jane 1992Description / Buy
8Who Invented Peanut Butter? 1993Description / Buy
9My Chameleon Uncle 1993Description / Buy
10The Doughnut Ring 1994Description / Buy
11The Princess Trick 1994Description / Buy
12Paddy and the Ratcatcher 1994Description / Buy
13The Banana Machine 1994Description / Buy
14Billy Rubbish 1995Description / Buy
15The Bubblegum Tree 1996Description / Buy
16The Watermelon Boys 1996Description / Buy
17The Popcorn Pirates 1999Description / Buy
18Monkey Boy 2000Description / Buy
19Teacher Trouble 2000Description / Buy
20The Spaghetti Tangle 2005Description / Buy
21The Muscle Machine 2006Description / Buy
22Boing Boing 2016Description / Buy
23Freddie Mole (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
24The Great Clown Conundrum (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
25Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo ( With:) 2020Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Short Story Collections

1Children of Wax: African Folk Tales 1989Description / Buy
2Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations 1995Description / Buy
3"Trouble at the North Pole" and Other Stories 1996Description / Buy
4The Perfect Hamburger and Other Delicious Stories 2001Description / Buy
5The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa 2004Description / Buy
6The Baboons Who Went This Way and That: Folktales from Africa 2006Description / Buy
7The Book That Changed My Life 2006Description / Buy
8Trains and Lovers 2012Description / Buy
9Chance Developments 2016Description / Buy
10Pianos and Flowers 2019Description / Buy
11Marvellous Mix-ups 2020Description / Buy
12Tiny Tales: Stories of Romance, Ambition, Kindness, and Happiness 2021Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Non-Fiction Books

1What W. H. Auden Can Do for You 2013Description / Buy
2A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh 2014Description / Buy
3Who Built Scotland ( With:) 2017Description / Buy

Order of Austen Project Series

1Sense & Sensibility ( By: Joanna Trollope) 2013Description / Buy
2Northanger Abbey ( By: Val McDermid) 2014Description / Buy
3Emma 2014Description / Buy
4Eligible ( By: Curtis Sittenfeld) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Short Stories/Novellas

1Good Dog Lion ( With:) 2014Description / Buy
2Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer ( With:) 2017Description / Buy

Alexander McCall Smith Anthologies

1 One City2005Description / Buy
2 A New Omnibus of Crime2005Description / Buy
3 The Sunday Night Book Club2006Description / Buy
4 The Best British Mysteries IV2007Description / Buy
5 Ox-Tales2009Description / Buy
6 Crimespotting2009Description / Buy
7 Imagined Lives2010Description / Buy
8 No Rest for the Dead2011Description / Buy
9 What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur2011Description / Buy
10 Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers2012Description / Buy
11 How Rude! Modern Manners Defined2012Description / Buy
12 Who Built Scotland2017Description / Buy
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Alexander McCall Smith Awards

Throughout his career, McCall Smith has won many awards. The Tears of the Giraffe written in 2000 entered the Guardian’s top ten fiction books. In 2003, The Full Cupboard of Life won was awarded the Saga Award. Moreover, McCall Smith won the British Book Awards Author of The Year award. In addition, the Times Literary Supplement awarded The No.1 Ladies Detective as one of the international book of the Millennium.

Alexander McCall Smith Books into Movies

The No.1 Ladies Detective was adapted for TV broadcast in 2008. This novel talking about an amateur who turned into professional detective was aired on BBC 1. The novel has become popular worldwide and has now been translated into many languages.

Another novel that made into Television series is Corduroy Mansions. This novel has gained wide popularity across the world. Corduroy became the New York Times best seller and was broadcasted as Television Series on the BBC in 2008.

Another book that became popular and broadcasted in Television is The Saturday Big Tent Wedding. The series has been translated into 45 languages. Moreover, over 20 million copies have been sold. The first episode of the series was directed by Anthony Minghella and produced by Weinstein Company. The series was aired in March 2009 on HBO.

The Sunday Philosophy Club is another series that appeared in 2004. It talks about Isabel Dalhousie who is an intriguing woman. Upon broadcast on Television, The Sunday Philosophy Club became one of the best sellers around the world.

Best Alexander McCall Smith Books

McCall Smith wrote several books, but some of them became more popular around the world. Here are three of the best books by Alexander McCall Smith.

44 Scotland Street: this novel tells a story of Pat – a student who becomes a tenant at 44 Scotland Street during her second gap year. She is the main source of worry to her parents. At her new residence in Edinburg, she meets various neighbors. She falls in love with Bruce- a self centered surveyor. Another neighbor wanted to date her, but pat is not attracted to him. Things become more complicated when Bruce takes the painting that pat was keeping for Matthew at her house. Bruce takes the painting to a fundraising auction. After this, many other events unfold in this story.

Tears of a Giraffe: the story talks about Precious Ramotwse – the only female detective who is given the most challenging task of finding out what happened to the American who disappeared in Kalahari. As she is investigating the case, her fiancé and her housemaid are planning other things. Her fiancé, Matekoni, adopts two orphans without informing Ramotwe. He is worried that precious may send the orphans away. Meanwhile, the housemaid wants to get rid of her so as to continue seeing the male friends in Matekoni’s house. Meanwhile her secretary is promoted to become assistant detective who helps in the investigation. Ramotswe investigates the case using knowledge of human nature and common sense.

The Sunday Philosophy Club: this novel, which was published in 2004, features a protagonist named Isabel Dalhousie. She is a philosopher who is in her early forties and lives in an old house in Edinburg. Fortunately, she had big inheritance from her late mother. She now works as an editor of Applied Ethics Review. Isabel has a close friend known as Cat- a young beautiful woman who operates a delicatessen. She also has another friend called Grace- a bold woman who is interested in spiritualism. Isabel is secretly attracted to Jamie, Cat’s ex-boyfriend. On the Isabel’s garden lives an urban fox known as Brother Fox.

As Isabel was going to the theatre, she sees a young man falling to death. As the young man is falling, Isabel manages to catch his eyes and sees the expression of the shock on the face of the man. This suggests that police verdict on suicide is totally wrong. Isabel decides to know exactly what happens to the man.

When Does The Next Alexander McCall Smith book come out?

The next book by Alexander McCall Smith is The Joy and Light Bus Company and will be released on October, 26th 2021. It is the newest book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series.

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