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Treasures of the Botswana Bush

Date Published: 20th March 2024

Photo journalist and documentary maker, Mats Ögren Wanger is travelling with Alexander on his visit back to Botswana, country of the author’s heart. He has sent back some stunning photographs from their time in the Bush. They capture the treasures of Botswana, home to Precious Ramotswe and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. More photographs will […]

SOS Children’s Village have a treat in store for Alexander McCall Smith

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A Marimba band from the SOS Children’s Village entertained Alexander when he arrived. This short clip gives you a real flavour of Botswana and the fun he is having on this adventure. Video created by Mats Ögren Wanger, photo-journalist and documentary maker accompanying Alexander on his trip back to Botswana. ‘My wife and I first […]

Alexander McCall Smith in Botswana

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‘Sandy’ revisits home of Precious Ramotswe Alexander McCall Smith is back in Botswana for the first time since the pandemic halted his annual visits. He is delighted to be back. Book 25 in the multi-million copy bestselling and perennially adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is on its way Every year, Alexander (or Sandy) […]


Alexander McCall Smith at Fringe By The Sea Festival, North Berwick, UK

Date: 9 August 2024
Venue: Lodge Stage, Lodge Grounds, North Berwick
Time: 2.00pm

Join Alexander McCall Smith, self-professed serial novelist, and one of the world’s favourite storytellers as he explores the first book in a new series, The Perfect Passion Company, a delightful new novel featuring a dating agency based in Edinburgh’s historic New Town. Alexander will also be giving a sneak preview of the new novel in the […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Edinburgh International Book Festival (UK)

Date: 19 August 2024
Venue: Edinburgh International Book Festival
Time: 5.00pm

Alexander McCall Smith returns to unveil a new series and offer a welcome update on our favourite agency in Botswana. Meet Katie Donald, who finds herself running a dating company for Edinburgh’s lonely hearts. Told with wit and warmth, The Perfect Passion Company promises to delight while our reunion with Precious Ramotswe in The Great Hippopotamus Hotel is a […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Toppings, Edinburgh, UK

Date: 25 September 2024
Venue: Greenside Church, 1b Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Time: 7.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred books on a wide array of subjects, including the world’s longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street. He joins us in Edinburgh this autumn for a celebration of his two latest offerings: the new No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel The Great Hippopotamus Hotel and the new standalone […]