Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

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List of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.7
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
1998
2
7.6
Tears of the Giraffe
2000
3
7.8
Morality for Beautiful Girls
2001
4
7.4
The Kalahari Typing School for Men
2002
5
7.3
The Full Cupboard of Life
2003
6
7.3
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
2004
7
7.1
Blue Shoes and Happiness
2006
8
7.7
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
2007
9
7.6
The Miracle at Speedy Motors
2008
10
7.7
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
2009
11
8
The Double Comfort Safari Club
2010
12
8
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
2010
13
8
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
2012
14
8
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
2013
15
8
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café
2014
16
7.7
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
2015
17
8.6
Precious and Grace
2016
18
8.9
The House of Unexpected Sisters
2017
19
7
The Colors of All the Cattle
2018
20
8.5
To the Land of Long Lost Friends
2019
21
7.2
How to Raise an Elephant
2020
22
8.5
The Joy and Light Bus Company
2021
23
6.7
A Song of Comfortable Chairs
2022
24
9.5
From a Far and Lovely Country
2023
25
The Great Hippopotamus Hotel
2024

List of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Collections in Publication Order

List of Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld Books in Publication Order

List of Isabel Dalhousie Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.1
The Sunday Philosophy Club
2004
2
7
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
2005
3
7.3
The Right Attitude to Rain
2006
4
6.7
The Careful Use of Compliments
2007
5
8.7
The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday / The Comfort Of Saturdays
2008
6
8.7
The Lost Art of Gratitude
2009
7
7
The Charming Quirks of Others
2010
8
7
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth
2011
9
8
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds
2012
10
8
The Novel Habits of Happiness
2015
11
6
A Distant View of Everything
2017
12
The Quiet Side of Passion
2018
13
The Geometry of Holding Hands
2020
14
The Sweet Remnants of Summer
2022

List of Isabel Dalhousie Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of 44 Scotland Street Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.3
44 Scotland Street
2005
2
8.5
Espresso Tales
2005
3
8.7
Love Over Scotland
2006
4
9.3
The World According to Bertie
2007
5
8
The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones
2008
6
9
The Importance of Being Seven
2010
7
8
Bertie Plays the Blues
2011
8
9
Sunshine on Scotland Street
2012
9
8
Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers
2013
10
8.7
The Revolving Door of Life
2015
11
8
The Bertie Project
2017
12
8
A Time of Love and Tartan
2017
13
10
The Peppermint Tea Chronicles
2019
14
A Promise of Ankles
2020
15
10
Love in the Time of Bertie
2021
16
The Enigma of Garlic
2023
17
The Stellar Debut of Galactica Macfee
2024

List of Myths Books in Publication Order

List of Corduroy Mansions Books in Publication Order

List of The School Ship Tobermory Books in Publication Order

List of Paul Stuart Books in Publication Order

List of Detective Varg Books in Publication Order

List of Detective Varg Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Akimbo Books in Publication Order (with LeUyen Pham)

List of Harriet Bean Books in Publication Order

List of Max & Maddy Books in Publication Order

List of Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cases Books in Publication Order

List of Young Corgi Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Children's Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
White Hippo
1980
2
Film Boy
1988
3
The Joke Machine
1990
4
Marzipan Max
1991
5
The Girl Who Changed the Weather
1991
6
Calculator Annie
1992
7
Springy Jane
1992
8
Who Invented Peanut Butter?
1993
9
My Chameleon Uncle
1993
10
The Doughnut Ring
1994
11
The Princess Trick
1994
12
Paddy and the Ratcatcher
1994
13
The Banana Machine
1994
14
Billy Rubbish
1995
15
The Bubblegum Tree
1996
16
The Watermelon Boys
1996
17
The Popcorn Pirates
1999
18
Monkey Boy
2000
19
Teacher Trouble
2000
20
The Spaghetti Tangle
2005
21
The Muscle Machine
2006
22
Boing Boing
2016
23
Hari & His Electric Feet
2017
24
Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery
2018
25
Freddie Mole
2018
26
The Great Clown Conundrum
2019
27
Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo
2020

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Children of Wax: African Folk Tales
1989
2
8
Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations
1995
3
"Trouble at the North Pole" and Other Stories
1996
4
The Perfect Hamburger and Other Delicious Stories
2001
5
8
The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa
2004
6
The Baboons Who Went This Way and That: Folktales from Africa
2006
7
The Book That Changed My Life
2006
8
Trains and Lovers
2012
9
6
Chance Developments
2016
10
Pianos and Flowers
2019
11
Marvellous Mix-ups
2020
12
In a Time of Distance and Other Poems
2020
13
Tiny Tales: Stories of Romance, Ambition, Kindness, and Happiness
2021
14
The Private Life of Spies and the Exquisite Art of Getting Even
2023

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Good Dog Lion (With: David Dean)
Good Dog Lion (With: David Dean)
2014
2
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer (With: Kate Hindley)
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer (With: Kate Hindley)
2017

List of Mysterious Profiles Books in Publication Order

The Mysterious Profiles series offers brief biographies of iconic mystery writers, providing insights into their lives, works, and the creation of their most famous characters.

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.5
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais)
2022
2
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen)
2022
3
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child)
2022
4
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly)
2022
5
9
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly)
2022
6
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver)
2022
7
10
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman)
2022
8
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman)
2022
9
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey)
2022
10
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman)
2022
11
10
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter)
2022
12
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart)
2022
13
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter)
2022
14
10
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston)
2022
15
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson)
2022
16
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker)
2022
17
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry)
2022
18
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin)
2022
19
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell)
2022
20
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry)
2022
21
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile ( By: Charles Todd)
2022
22
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman)
2022
23
10
Precious Ramotswe
2022
24
8.1
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear)
2022
25
8.3
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly)
2022
26
Ben Kincaid ( By: William Bernhardt)
2023
27
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson)
2023
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List of Austen Project Books in Publication Order

List of The Perfect Passion Company Books in Publication Order

List of Alexander McCall Smith Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
A Treasury of Five-Minute Stories
2000
2
One City
2005
3
A New Omnibus of Crime
2005
4
The Sunday Night Book Club
2006
5
The Best British Mysteries IV
2007
6
Midsummer Nights
2009
7
Ox-Tales
2009
8
Crimespotting
2009
9
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7
2010
10
Imagined Lives
2010
11
8
No Rest for the Dead
2011
12
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8
2011
13
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur
2011
14
Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers
2012
15
How Rude! Modern Manners Defined
2012
16
OxCrimes: 27 Killer Stories from the Cream of Crimewriters
2014
17
The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology
2016
18
Who Built Scotland
2017
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Alexander McCall Smith: Biography

Alexander McCall Smith (Rodney Alexander Alasdair McCall Smith ) was born on August 24th, 1948 and is currently 75 years old. Alexander McCall Smith was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. McCall Smith attended University of Edinburgh where he received a Bachelor of Law and Ph.D.

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the Alexander McCall Smith Children's Books series which currently consists of 27 novels. The Alexander McCall Smith Children's Books series started in 1980 with the novel White Hippo. The most recently released novel in the Alexander McCall Smith Children's Books series was Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo which was released in 2020. There are no upcoming novels for the Alexander McCall Smith Children's Books series.

Alexander McCall Smith (Rodney Alexander Alasdair McCall Smith ) has also written the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series which has 25 books including The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Tears of the Giraffe.

Alexander McCall Smith was inducted into the Nielsen Bestseller Awards' 21st Century Platinum Hall of Fame.

Alexander McCall Smith: Awards & Accolades

Alexander McCall Smith has won multiple awards including: The British Book Awards, UK Author of the Year, in 2004 and the Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2004. Alexander McCall Smith was also nominated for the Crime Thriller Awards, ITV3 Writer's Award for Favourite Crime Genre Author, in 2009.

McCall Smith's books have also won multiple awards, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency won the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy Awards, The Martin Beck Award, in 2004. The Full Cupboard of Life won the Audie Award, Best Female Narrator, in 2005.

Alexander McCall Smith books have also been nominated for multiple awards, Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Short Stories or Collections, in 2005. The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales from Africa was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Short Stories or Collections, in 2006. Blue Shoes and Happiness was nominated for the Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year, in 2008. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2009. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection was nominated for the Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller, in 2012.

Alexander McCall Smith: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Alexander McCall Smith on Book Notification is The World According to Bertie, the 4th novel in the 44 Scotland Street series.

The most read book by Alexander McCall Smith on Book Notification is The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, the 1st novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Alexander McCall Smith are:

  1. Louise Penny, author of the Inspector Gamache Series.
  2. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  3. Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs Series.
  4. Richard Osman, author of the Thursday Murder Club Series.
  5. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.

Alexander McCall Smith: F.A.Q

When was Alexander McCall Smith Born? How old is Alexander McCall Smith?

Alexander McCall Smith was born on August 24th, 1948. Alexander McCall Smith is currently 75 years old.

Where was Alexander McCall Smith Born?

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and is British, Zimbabwean.

What awards has Alexander McCall Smith won?

Alexander McCall Smith has won the following awards: UK Author of the Year at the British Book Awards (2004) and the Dagger in the Library Award at the Crime Writer's Association Award (2004).

What book awards has Alexander McCall Smith won?

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy Awards The Martin Beck Award (2004).
The Full Cupboard of Life: Audie Award Best Female Narrator (2005).

What was the first book Alexander McCall Smith wrote?

The first novel written by Alexander McCall Smith was White Hippo, published in 1980.

What was the most recent book Alexander McCall Smith wrote?

His most recently released work was The Perfect Passion Company on February 13th, 2024.

Will there be any more books by Alexander McCall Smith?

Alexander McCall Smith has two new books coming out: The Stellar Debut of Galactica Macfee will be released on May 14th, 2024. The Great Hippopotamus Hotel will be released on October 15th, 2024.

How many books has Alexander McCall Smith written?

Alexander McCall Smith has written 151 books across 26 series, excluding contributions to anthologies.
  • 25 books in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series
  • 1 No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Collections
  • 5 books in the Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld Series
  • 14 books in the Isabel Dalhousie Series
  • 3 Isabel Dalhousie Short Stories/Novellas
  • 17 books in the 44 Scotland Street Series
  • 1 book in the Myths Series
  • 3 books in the Corduroy Mansions Series
  • 3 books in the The School Ship Tobermory Series
  • 2 books in the Paul Stuart Series
  • 4 books in the Detective Varg Series
  • 1 Detective Varg Short Stories/Novellas
  • 5 books in the Akimbo Series
  • 3 books in the Harriet Bean Series
  • 2 books in the Max & Maddy Series
  • 5 books in the Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cases Series
  • 3 books in the Young Corgi Series
  • 6 Standalone Novels
  • 27 Children's Books
  • 14 Short Story Collections
  • 2 Non-Fiction Books
  • 2 Short Stories/Novellas
  • 1 book in the Mysterious Profiles Series
  • 1 book in the Austen Project Series
  • 1 book in the The Perfect Passion Company Series

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    Alexander writes such refreshing and beautiful tales about the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency and I have been lucky enough to have read each one of them. And I even loved seeing the series that aired on television, if only for a short time.

    You feel such a strong connection to the various characters, most of whom are unbelievably caring and kind. These books are great to pick up and find some old friends when you are feeling down.

    Isabel is such a fascinating character since she is pretty conservative, and is an intellectual, and is also kind and trusting of other people.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Smith fascinates me, not just as an author but as a human being, because I feel like he comes from a bygone era. That isn’t surprising. After all, he was born in 1948. But 1948 is just a number. It doesn’t mean anything until you realize that Smith grew up in Rhodesia, and his father was a public prosecutor in a British Colony.

    When I think of his childhood, I always imagine a small, precocious boy running from lions in the distant corners of Africa. It never occurred to me that the Alexander McCall Smith I had read about was the same person responsible for The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

    I thought the author behind the mystery novels simply shared a name with the former medical law professor. Clearly, I was wrong. The man is full of surprises.

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