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Precious Ramotswe: A Mysterious Profile

Precious Ramotswe: A Mysterious Profile

by Alexander McCall Smith

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In this profile, the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series recounts the creation of his popular Botswanan sleuth.
In 1998, Mma Precious Ramotswe made her debut in Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. The Plain Dealer hailed the novel as “One of the best, most charming, honest, hilarious and life-affirming books to appear in years.” Decades and many books later, Precious has her own bestselling series, but readers may be wondering how exactly this beloved character came to be.
In this profile, the prolific McCall Smith offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of his delightful detective. He recounts his childhood spent in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and working in Botswana in the 1980s. He reveals the inspiration for Precious and discusses the experience of creating the first book and getting it published. Those and other tales are sure to entertain fans of Precious old and new.
Praise for Alexander McCall Smith and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
“The Miss Marple of Botswana.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Smart and sassy . . . Precious’ progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once.” —Los Angeles Times
“The author’s prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven’t read anything with such alloyed pleasure for a long time.” —Anthony Daniels, The Sunday Telegraph
“McCall Smith is a master. . . . There’s beauty and revelation of one kind or another woven expertly into every line.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Comfort-food reading, and never more welcome.” —Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN-13: 9781504074629
Publisher: Road
Publication date: 06/07/2022
Series: Mysterious Profiles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 20
Sales rank: 75,770
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is a British writer best known for The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, published in 1988, which went on to become a twenty-two book series that inspired the hit HBO show. He was born in the former British colony, Southern Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe, in 1948. He studied law and was a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh for many years. He received a CBE for services to literature in 2007, was honored by the President of Botswana in 2011 for services through literature to the country, and received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 2009. He has received numerous other awards for his writing and holds twelve honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and North America. 

He currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife. 


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

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