A Song of Comfortable Chairs

A Song of Comfortable Chairs

ISBN: 9780593316979
Publisher: Pantheon (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: 6 September 2022

A Song of Comfortable Chairs is the 23rd book in The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series

Grace Makutsi’s husband, Phuti, is in a bind. An international firm is attempting to undercut his prices in the office furniture market. Phuti has always been concerned with quality and comfort, but this new firm seems interested only in profits. To make matters worse, they have a slick new advertising campaign that seems hard to beat. Nonetheless with Mma Ramotswe’s help, Phuti comes up with a campaign that may just do the trick.
Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is approached by an old friend who has a troubled son. Grace and Phuti agree to lend a hand, but the boy proves difficult to reach, and the situation is more than they can handle on their own. It will require not only all of their patience and dedication, but also the help of Mma Ramotswe and the formidable Mma Potokwani in order to help the child.

Faced with more than her fair share of domestic problems, Mma Makutsi deals with it all with her usual grace. That, along with the kindness, generosity, and good sense that the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is known for, assure us that in the end, all these matters will be set right.


‘A delightful addition to one of the most endearing and readable series in the world of fiction… A Song of Comfortable Chairs ensures that this series maintains it compassionate witty notes and fully deserves all the accolades it has received’
‘McCall Smith is an author who sees his characters and their world, fully and tenderly. And that makes for a book that is as comforting to sink into as well-worn armchair’
New York Journal of Books
‘A story that possesses all the cosiness of your own, very comfortable armchair… captivating’
Oakville News
‘Another great novel and adventures with our favourite Botswana friends. Interesting problems solved, all with love and generosity. What more do we need from a novel’
Amazon FIVE STAR review