Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved best-seller status on four continents, and his three entertainments featuring the eccentric German professor, Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld.
'The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. This is art that conceals art' - Anthony Daniels, The Sunday Telegraph 'I was enchanted by the character of Precious Ramotswe, the sly humour of Alexander McCall Smith's writing and his deft evocation of a culture' - Anthony Minghella (director of the Oscar-winning The English Patient) 'The author has an easy command of story-telling and a gift for describing dusty, sun-baked Botswana. His books, ostensibly mysteries, are also gentle but incisive commentaries on Africa, men and women and life in general. They are not to be missed' - Seattle Times