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Alexander McCall Smith


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Alexander McCall Smith is much-loved worldwide for his warm-hearted No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, featuring the no-nonsense Precious Ramstowe, Botswana’s leading (and only) female detective.

McCall Smith, who now lives in Edinburgh, has also won over readers with his Sunday Philosophy Club, Scotland Street and Corduroy Mansion series. His books have been translated into over 40 languages; the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series alone has sold over 20 million copies, and been made into an HBO TV show.

The Forever Girl is his latest standalone novel. Set in the Cayman Islands and UK, this globe trotting love story is sure to garner the author a million more new fans. Appearing at the Wheeler Centre shortly after the book’s release, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the international phenomenon that is the McCall Smith imagination, by spending an evening in the company of the world’s most jovial and prolific storytellers.

Alexander McCall Smith will be joined in conversation by fellow author Robert Gott.


Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred 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 boo... Read more

Robert Gott

Robert Gott is the author of 90 books of non-fiction and fiction. He is also the creator of the long-running newspaper cartoon, The Adventures of Naked Man, which he draws the old-fashioned way: with a nib pen dipped in ink. Included amongst Gott’s titles are four crime novels, two of which (inclu... Read more


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