Alexander McCall Smith CBE was born in Zimbabwe in 1948 and educated there and in Scotland. He enjoyed a distinguished career as Professor of Medical Law at Edinburgh University, and it was in this role that he first returned to Africa to work in Botswana. In 2005, he left the University to concentrate on his writing and he is now the author of over sixty books which have been translated into 40 languages.
Most widely celebrated as the creator of the Botswanan sleuth, Precious Ramotswe of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith is also known for his popular children’s titles.
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.