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Alexander McCall Smith


Scotland (1948 - )

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH has a double existence. He is a Professor of Medical Law, but also an author who has now written over fifty books on a wide range of subjects. These range from specialist titles such as 'Forensic Aspects of Sleep', (the only book on the subject) to 'The Criminal Law of Botswana' (also the only book on the subject) and from the widely translated 'The Perfect Hamburger' (a children's novel) to 'Portuguese Irregular Verbs' (a collection of stories about eccentric German professors). His collection of African stories, 'Children of Wax', received critical acclaim and has been the subject of an award-winning film.
 
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Alexander McCall Smith recommends
Last Orders at Harrods
Last Orders at Harrods (2005)
(Last Orders at Harrods Trilogy, book 1)
Michael Holman
"Delightful, entertaining, profound."
Passarola Rising
Passarola Rising (2006)
Azhar Abidi
"Azhar Abidi is not an author who has his feet on the ground. And that's a compliment."
Blood in the Water
Blood in the Water (2007)
(Alice Rice Mystery, book 1)
Gillian Galbraith
"This is a vivid and exciting story, set against the background of Edinburgh's legal and medical circles. There is not a dull page from start to finish."
Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders
Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders (2007)
(Oscar Wilde, book 1)
Gyles Brandreth
"One of the most intelligent, amusing and entertaining books of the year. If Oscar Wilde himself had been asked to write this book he could not have done it any better."
Prelude
Prelude (2009)
William Coles
"What a read!... A triumph."

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (2010)
Helen Simonson
"A beautiful little love story."

At the Loch of the Green Corrie (2010)
Andrew Greig
"Exquisitely written, moving and utterly memorable."

A Surrey State of Affairs (2011)
Ceri Radford
"A comic gem."

Unwritten Secrets (2012)
Ronald Frame
"Scotland's finest contemporary writer."

Lucia on Holiday (2012)
Guy Fraser-Sampson
"Lucia is back! This is a wonderful new adventure written with all the style and humour of Benson himself."

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken (2012)
(Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, book 3)
Tarquin Hall
"These books are little gems. They are beautifully written, amusing, and intensely readable."

A Song Among the Stones (2012)
Kenneth Steven
"A poetic voice of great sensitivity."

Feast of Artemis (2013)
(Hermes Diaktoros, book 7)
Anne Zouroudi
"Anne Zouroudi writes beautifully - her books have all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them. The Lady of Sorrows, her latest, is a gorgeous treat ... Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections."

Au Reservoir (2014)
Guy Fraser-Sampson
"Lucia is back! This is a wonderful new adventure written with all the style and humour of Benson himself."

Ghost Moon (2014)
Ron Butlin
"One of the most powerful and compelling pieces to emerge from the pen of this superb writer."



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