When precious ramotswe sets out on the trail of a missing child she is tumbled. Midcolumbia reads celebrates scottish author alexander mccall smith and his book, the no. Titles in the set the full cupboard of life, the limpopo academy of private detective, the double comfort safari club, the saturday big tent wedding party, blue shoes and happiness, morality for beautiful girls, the kalahari typing school for men, the no. This event will be held in the kennewick library, located at 1620 s. The series is named after the first novel, published in 1998. This detailed literature summary also contains topics for discussion and a free quiz on the no. Alexander sandy mccall smith, cbe, frse born 24 august 1948, is a. Law of botswana also the only book on the subject and from the. With stories woven amongst the stunning scenery of africa you are soon transported to another world, where no problem is too small for the ladies of the detective agency, with mma makutsi, the. He is most widely known as the creator of the the no. The series is named for the first novel, published in 1998. A botswanan woman starts up the countrys first femaleowned detective agency. Oct 26, 2017 midcolumbia reads celebrates scottish author alexander mccall smith and his book, the no. I adore mma ramotswe, and mma makutsi and the entire cast of characters that appear throughout the 19 books that comprise so far.
Has anyone had any experiences that relate to places or experiences in the book. This story of a woman that opened a detective store and solves mysteries many with men in it. Apr 19, 2009 the introduction to 2009 botswana based drama the no. It is unfortunate, for example, that mma ramotswes newest client is the bigshot owner of the ailing kalahari swoopers, and that the one thing this lady detective knows very little about is football. The stories provide the reader with an insight into social aspects of one african society rarely offered in such a caring and empathic way. Series following the exploits of precious ramotswe, botswanas first ever female detective, based on the novels by alexander mccall smith. No 1 ladies detective agency is the best selling book by prodigy author alexander mccall smith who perfectly depicted the feeling felt by woman.
The story is filled with african cultural information that engages members of my reading club in productive discussions. How has mma ramotswe grown as a character throughout the novels. The diverse cases handled by the no 1 ladies detective agency, while providing a thread through the books, are not really the main theme. First published in the uk in 1998, and in the usa in 2001 by polygon. Mma ramotswe begins to fret that she has been engaged to mr. If youve got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to precious ramotswe, botswanas only and finest female private detective. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the university of edinburgh in scotland and has served on many national and. Who is your favorite recurring character in the series, and why.
This gently paced mystery novel, set in the african country of botswana, has as its central character the self. There are fourteen books in total that comprise this mystery series. Were there any passages or scenes that you remember well or particularly liked. I so enjoyed it and was surprised to learn that the author was a guy. Ive been writing a book set on an island off the coast of maine, and even though thats not a. Discover how you can enjoy hbo s original series, hit movies, documentaries and more. One of the best performing books in this series is the first installment in the series. With jill scott, anika noni rose, lucian msamati, nikki amukabird.
Readers looking for a cozy mystery series that is not set in england will very. Aug 01, 2012 buy any book from the africa book club store during august, and get 40 percent off the no. About the author alexander mccall smith is the author of the highly successful no. The no 1 ladies detective agency introduction hq youtube. There are no bludgeoned millionaires or murdered sexpots in the no. A dear friend had suggested that i read the first book to get a feel for it. Alexander mccall smith is the author of the huge international phenomenon the no. In this charming series, mma ramotswewith help from her loyal associate, grace makutsinavigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea. Combining a wonderfully satisfying reimagination of the mystery with a classic novel of africa in the tradition of isak dinesen, the no. This gently paced mystery novel, set in the african country of botswana, has as its central character the selfsufficient, wise, and compassionate precious ramotswe. Mma ramotswe will untangle these questions, ultimately bringing to light important. How does this affect the narrative pacing of the novel. Online shopping from a great selection at books store.
Alexander mccall smith fans around the world adore the bestselling no. This book deals with issues of depression, sexism, and urban vs. About this book alexander mccall smiths the full cupboard of life continues the adventures of precious ramotswe, the remarkable proprietress of an unusual detective agency in botswana. Nineteen novels have been published in the series between 1998 and 2018.
Alexander mccall smith is the author of the international phenomenon the no. He was born in what is now known as zimbabwe and was a law professor at the university of botswana and at edinburgh university. Parents need to know that this series based on the popular book series by alexander mccall smith is much milder than most hbo fare. Recorded january 2010 from the bbc radio 4 programme bookclub. In this book, we are introduced to one mma precious ramotswe who has just decided to become a private detective after her abusive husband left her. Are you interested in reading the rest of the series. Mma ramotswes cases range from exposing a freeloader posing as a father, to discovering whether or not a young indian girl has a boyfriend, to determining the legitimacy of a workers injury claim, to revealing the real reason behind a doctors. Head to the episodes page for videos, images and synopses from all 7 episodes of the no. Twenty novels have been published in the series between 1998 and 2019. The first three books in alexander mccall smiths beloved bestselling series, featuring mma precious ramotswe, the traditionally built, eminently sensible, cunning.
Tears of the giraffe, morality for beautiful girls, the kalahari typing school for men authors. Hbo is available through the hbo now streaming app, tv package, or an existing digital subscription. The series covers a lot of issues, including women in traditional and nontraditional occupations, rural life, religion, depression and aids. Although it touches on mature themes like womens movement away from traditional working roles, the repercussions of disease in african populations, domestic abuse, and crime, the overall tone is light and often humorous, and theres little strong language. In this charming series, mma ramotswewith help from her loyal associate, grace makutsinavigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the. This first novel in alexander mccall smiths widely acclaimed the no. Interview alexander mccall smith talks about mma ramotswe, a lady detective of traditional build, and the lead character of his delightful mystery series set in botswana the no. The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your groups discussion of alexander mccall smiths the no. The books are very popular and have been printed all over the world.
Matekoni has not yet set the date for their wedding. The books that started it all, featuring precious ramotswebotswanas leading. The first book in the series carries the same title as the series. The series is set in botswana and the main protagonist is mma precious ramotswe. He had owned a big herd, and had no other children. What makes precious ramotswe such a charming protagonist. Matekoni for a while now in fact, through the first four books of the no. Reading guide for the full cupboard of life by alexander.586 1349 944 1447 654 343 151 342 777 1225 200 1285 543 220 592 1327 157 246 821 1001 908 697 428 1018 1 1204 237 1018 380 130 260 1048 393 1372 1448 44 260 1124 612 1421 141 999 834 325 1139 699 1034