Alexander McCall Smith Books

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 44 Scotland Street Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 44 Scotland Street 2005 Description / Buy
2 Espresso Tales 2005 Description / Buy
3 Love Over Scotland 2006 Description / Buy
4 The World According to Bertie 2007 Description / Buy
5 The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones 2008 Description / Buy
6 The Importance of Being Seven 2010 Description / Buy
7 Bertie Plays the Blues 2011 Description / Buy
8 Sunshine on Scotland Street 2012 Description / Buy
9 Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers 2013 Description / Buy
10 The Revolving Door of Life 2015 Description / Buy
11 The Bertie Project 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Akimbo Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Akimbo and the Lions 1992 Description / Buy
2 Akimbo and the Crocodile Man 1993 Description / Buy
3 Akimbo and the Elephants 2005 Description / Buy
4 Akimbo and the Snakes 2006 Description / Buy
5 Akimbo and the Baboons 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Children's Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 White Hippo 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Perfect Hamburger 1982 Description / Buy
3 Film Boy 1988 Description / Buy
4 The Joke Machine 1990 Description / Buy
5 The girl who changed the weather 1991 Description / Buy
6 Marzipan Max 1991 Description / Buy
7 Calculator Annie 1992 Description / Buy
8 Springy Jane 1992 Description / Buy
9 Who Invented Peanut Butter? 1993 Description / Buy
10 My Chameleon Uncle 1993 Description / Buy
11 The Doughnut Ring 1994 Description / Buy
12 The Princess Trick 1994 Description / Buy
13 Paddy and the Ratcatcher 1994 Description / Buy
14 The Banana Machine 1994 Description / Buy
15 Billy Rubbish 1995 Description / Buy
16 The Watermelon Boys 1996 Description / Buy
17 The Bubblegum Tree 1996 Description / Buy
18 The Popcorn Pirates 1999 Description / Buy
19 Monkey Boy 2000 Description / Buy
20 Teacher Trouble 2000 Description / Buy
21 The Spaghetti Tangle 2005 Description / Buy
22 The Muscle Machine 2006 Description / Buy
23 School Ship Tobermory 2015 Description / Buy
24 Boing Boing 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 What W. H. Auden Can Do for You 2013 Description / Buy
2 A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Children of Wax: African Folk Tales 1989 Description / Buy
2 Heavenly Date 1995 Description / Buy
3 The Perfect Hamburger and Other Delicious Stories 2001 Description / Buy
4 The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa 2004 Description / Buy
5 One City 2005 Description / Buy
6 The Baboons Who Went This Way and That: Folktales from Africa 2006 Description / Buy
7 Trains and Lovers 2012 Description / Buy
8 The Cleverness of Ladies 2012 Description / Buy
9 Chance Developments 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Alexander McCall Smith Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Uncle Gangster 1989 Description / Buy
2 Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams 2006 Description / Buy
3 La's Orchestra Saves the World 2008 Description / Buy
4 The Forever Girl 2014 Description / Buy
5 Emma: A Modern Retelling 2014 Description / Buy
6 My Italian Bulldozer 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Corduroy Mansions Series

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

Order of Harriet Bean Series

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

Order of Isabel Dalhousie Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Sunday Philosophy Club 2004 Description / Buy
2 Friends, Lovers, Chocolate 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Right Attitude to Rain 2006 Description / Buy
4 The Careful Use of Compliments 2007 Description / Buy
5 The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday 2008 Description / Buy
6 The Lost Art of Gratitude 2009 Description / Buy
7 The Charming Quirks of Others 2010 Description / Buy
8 The Perils of Morning Coffee (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
9 The Forgotten Affairs of Youth 2011 Description / Buy
10 The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds 2012 Description / Buy
11 The Novel Habits of Happiness 2015 Description / Buy
12 At the Reunion Buffet 2015 Description / Buy
13 Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Max & Maddy Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Max and Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery 1997 Description / Buy
2 Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery 1997 Description / Buy

Order of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 1998 Description / Buy
2 Tears of the Giraffe 2000 Description / Buy
3 Morality for Beautiful Girls 2001 Description / Buy
4 The Kalahari Typing School for Men 2002 Description / Buy
5 The Full Cupboard of Life 2003 Description / Buy
6 In the Company of Cheerful Ladies 2004 Description / Buy
7 Blue Shoes and Happiness 2006 Description / Buy
8 The Good Husband of Zebra Drive 2007 Description / Buy
9 The Miracle at Speedy Motors 2008 Description / Buy
10 Tea Time for the Traditionally Built 2009 Description / Buy
11 The Double Comfort Safari Club 2010 Description / Buy
12 The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party 2010 Description / Buy
13 The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection 2012 Description / Buy
14 The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon 2013 Description / Buy
15 The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café 2014 Description / Buy
16 The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine 2015 Description / Buy
17 Precious and Grace 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cases Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Precious and the Monkeys 2010 Description / Buy
2 Mystery of Meerkat Hill 2012 Description / Buy
3 Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion 2013 Description / Buy
4 Precious and the Zebra Necklace 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Professor Dr von Igelfeld Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Portuguese Irregular Verbs 2003 Description / Buy
2 The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs 2003 Description / Buy
3 At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances 2003 Description / Buy
4 Unusual Uses for Olive Oil 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Young Corgi Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Alix and the Tigers 1988 Description / Buy
2 Suzy Magician 1990 Description / Buy
3 The Tin Dog 1990 Description / Buy

Anthologies/Collaborations

# Read Title Published Details
1 What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur 2011 Description / Buy
2 Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers 2012 Description / 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?

Alexander McCall Smith doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is My Italian Bulldozer and was released on April, 4th 2017.

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