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Have you heard of The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection?

January 26, 2014

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There can’t be many fiction readers who haven’t come across Alexander McCall Smith – that very prolific author of over 80 books and creator of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which just may have put Botswana on the map.

Mr Smith is a Scotsman, and for many years he was a Professor of Medical Law.  He won the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007.  He has has achieved fame (and no doubt fortune) with these delightful stories, deceptively simply written and containing a wealth of great humour and humility. A recent example of his work is called ‘The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection’, the 14th out of the series which is up to 15 novels so far.  A most satisfactory read not least because it contains so much good sense and wisdom communicated through believable, humble characters.

Let me quote you an example, ‘Mma Ramotswe pondered this……’  Once again the principal of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe, comes to the aid of people in her community who need her special aptitude for getting to the truth of a troubling matter. If you’ve never read Mr McCall Smith, do give him a try.

– Larry Gordon


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