Alexander McCall Smith is the internationally best-selling author of numerous novels, including the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Formerly a professor of medical law, he now devotes himself to writing. He lives in Scotland.
"Smart and sassy. . . . Precious's progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once." —Los Angeles Times
"One of the most entrancing literary treats of many a year. . . . A tapestry of extraordinary nuance and richness." —The Wall Street Journal