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Blue Shoes and Happiness : No. 1 Ladies' Detective - Alexander McCall Smith

Blue Shoes and Happiness

No. 1 Ladies' Detective

Paperback Published: February 2008
ISBN: 9780349117720
Number Of Pages: 256

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ISBN: 9780349117720
ISBN-10: 0349117721
Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: February 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1

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Alexander McCall Smith

About the Author


Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers through the world.

The series include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Sunday Philosophy Club series starring Isabel Dalhousie, the von Igelfeld series, and the new Corduroy Mansions novels.

Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America.

Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

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