Globe1Alexander has many publishers around the world. He is published in forty-seven languages and has at least one publisher in each related country. This site focuses on his English language publishers and at present there are two principal publishers in the UK and one in the U.S. The publishers work closely together to promote all of his work.

In London, Alexander is published by Little,Brown. All of the books in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the paperback editions of the Scotland Street series and a number of stand alone titles are published by the team at Little,Brown. In Scotland, he is published by Polygon. The hardback originals of the Scotland Street books, hardback and paperback copies of his Precious children’s books and the School Ship Tobermory children’s series are all published here. Polygon also publish stand alone titles. The books published by both of these companies are sold throughout the UK.

In the U.S., Alexander’s adult books are published in hardcover by Pantheon and in paperback by Anchor Books, and his children’s books are published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, all of which are imprints of Penguin Random House. All of his series are published here—The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, 44 Scotland Street, Corduroy Mansions, Professor Dr. von Igelfeld Entertainments, Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers, and the School Ship Tobermory—as well as stand-alone titles like Chance Developments and the forthcoming My Italian Bulldozer. Audio editions are published primarily by Recorded Books, with a few handled by Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Alexander’s books are published in Canada by Knopf Canada.

(Please note that all illustrations shown on this site are by Iain McIntosh, one of Scotland’s finest illustrators and a long-time collaborator with Alexander.  They are taken from Alexander’s books and magazine articles and are copyright Iain McIntosh.)

For a full list of publishers who have worked with Alexander across the world see the list below:


Little, Brown

Four times the winner of the Publisher of the Year Award, most recently…

Four times the winner of the Publisher of the Year Award, most recently in 2014 at the Bookseller Industry Awards, Little, Brown Book Group has a proven history of success, and a track record for delivering bestsellers across the full range of our publishing.

We pride ourselves on our focused publishing strategy: whether in fiction or non-fiction, we believe we should publish a limited number but a wide variety of titles and our aim is to buy the best in any category and publish it with flair and enthusiasm.

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Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively…

Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, our mission is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers everywhere.

Our dedicated team of publishing professionals is committed to helping authors realize their very best work and to finding innovative new ways of bringing stories and ideas to audiences worldwide. By leveraging our global reach, embracing new technologies, and collaborating with authors at every stage of the publishing process—from editorial and design, to sales and marketing, to production and distribution—we aim to provide them with the greatest platform possible. At the same time, we fiercely protect our authors’ intellectual property and champion freedom of expression, ensuring that their voices carry beyond the page and into the folds of communities and societies around the globe.

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Polygon publishes the very best of literary fiction and poetry, both classic and…

Polygon publishes the very best of literary fiction and poetry, both classic and modern, from British writers such as Liz Lochhead, James Kelman, Rosemary Goring and the world-wide best-selling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, as well as selected music and film titles. The finest international writers including Jan- Philipp Sendker, Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti are also published under this imprint. Polygon was originally set up by students of Edinburgh University in the late 1960s.

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Across the World

International Publishing Partners

Afrikaans – Maskew Miller Longman

Arabic – Arab Scientific Publishers

Bulgarian – Ednorog / Iztok-Zapad Publishers

Catalan – Edicions La Campana / Editons Bromera

Chinese – Commonwealth Magazine Co Ltd / Yuan-Liou Publishing Co. / Guangdong Yongzheng Book Distribution Co. Ltd

Croatian – AGM

Czech – AL Press / Albatros / Argo Publishers

Danish – Forlaget Carlsen / Rosinante & Co

Dutch – Luitingh-Sijthoff / Uitgeverij Unieboek / Van Goor

English (Canada) – Knopf Canada (Random House)

Estonian – Tanapaev Publishers / Varrak

Finnish – Otava

French Universe Poche – 10/18 / Editions Des Deux Terres / Editions Gallimard Jeunesse / Pocket Jeunesse


German – Bastei Lubbe AG / Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH

Greek – Modern Times / Psichogios Publications S. A

Hebrew – Hebrew Publishing House (Ivrit)

Hungarian – Egmont Hungary / Muvelt Nep

Icelandic – Edda Mal Og Menning / Forlagid

Indonesian – Bentang Pustaka / Lentera Hati

Italian – Adriano Salani Editore / TEA Editori Associati spa / Ugo Guanda Editore Srl

Japanese – Akane Shobo / Buken Shuppen / Kinda Bungeisha / Tokyo Sogen-sha /We’ve Inc. (Villagebooks)

Korean – Book @ Books Publishing Company

Latvian – Zvaigzne ABC Publishers

Lithuanian – Alma Littera

Marathi (India) – Mehta Publishing House

Norwegian – Cappelen Damm AS / J W Cappelens Forlag AS

Polish – Muza SA / Proszynski Media / Zysk I Ska

Portuguese (Brazil) – Editora Schwarcz S.A. / Companhia das Letras

Portuguese (Portugal) – Editorial Presenca

Romanian – Editura Polirom

Russian – Amphora Publishers / Publishing House of Olga Morozova / Ripol Classic Publishers

Serbian – Massolit Forlagsgrupp AB / ProPolisPlus / Samizdat B92

Slovak – Ikar Publishers

Slovene – Mladinksa Knjiga Zalozba D.D. (MKZ) / Ucila

Spanish – Ediciones Siruela / Ediciones Urano / Roca Editorial de Libros SL / Santillana Ediciones Generales S.L.

Swedish – B. Wahlstroms Bokforlag / Damm Forlag AB / Massolit Forlagsgrupp AB

Tamil – Vikatan Media Services (P) Ltd

Turkish – Citlembik Publications / Epsilon Yayicilik Hizmetleri Tic. Ve San Ltd / Gunisigi Kitapligi / Inkilap kitabevi / Yayun San. Ve Tic. A. S. / Kulture Yayinlari Is-Turk LTd

Vietnam – Kim Dong Publishing House / The Security Publishing House