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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects. For many years he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics bodies. Then in 1999 he achieved global recognition for his award-winning No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and thereafter devoted his time to the writing of fiction, including the 44 Scotland Street and the von Igelfeld series. His books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth, a doctor.

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Bulawayo, in what was then the British colony of Southern Rhodesia and is now Zimbabwe. He was educated at the Christian Brothers College there before moving to Scotland to study law at the University of Edinburgh. After returning to southern Africa to teach law at the University of Botswana, he returned once more to Edinburgh, where he lives today with his wife, Elizabeth, a physician, and their two daughters Lucy and Emily.

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