Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story collections and a number of immensely popular children’s books. His various series of books have been translated into forty-six languages and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has now sold over twenty million copies in the English language alone. Alexander has received numerous awards for his writing, and received a CBE in 2007 for services to literature and was honoured by the President of Botswana for services through literature to the country in 2011.