Alexander McCall Smith is the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. His highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, has sold over twenty million copies, and numerous series have been translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers around 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. 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.