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Alexander McCall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith is a literary phenomenon; a force of nature and a seemingly limitless source of light and laughs for readers across the world.
The Edinburgh-based author of more than 60 novels for adults and 50 novels for children is read in 46 different languages. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of his most famous series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. It’s a series that has sold more than 25 million copies in English alone. McCall’s novels – whether comic family dramas set in Edinburgh’s New Town or cosy mysteries in Gaborone, Botswana – are warm, witty, wise and completely irresistible.
Here he joins Toni Jordan for a discussion of creativity, comedy and collaboration.
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the world's longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street.
His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Alexander McCall Smith is Professor Emeritus of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from thirteen universities.
Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008) was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, while Nine Days (2012) was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2016). Toni has been published widely in newspapers and magazines.