Alexander McCall Smith, CBE was born on 24 August, 1948 in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and is a much-loved author. Famous for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency stories starring Mma Ramotswe and the Isabel Dalhousie series, he has written over 100 books ranging from children’s books and short stories to specialist academic titles and his bestselling fiction.
Alexander earned a P.h.D in law from the University of Edinburgh (where he is now a Emeritus Professor of Medical Law) and worked as a teacher before going into writing. A respected expert on medical law and bioethics, Alexander is a lover of tea and takes his teapot wherever he goes and likes to play wind instruments in his spare time. He lives in Scotland with his family near Ian Rankin and J.K. Rowling.
Another wonderfully curious work of fiction from author of the 44 Scotland Street series Alexander McCall Smith, this new block of flats in Pimlico plays host to a cleverly constructed cast of characters, whose interactions rarely fail to amuse. Corduroy Mansions is the perfect home for some of McCall Smith's finest creations such as top flat dwellers William and his faithful ex-vegetarian dog Freddie de le Hay, and MP Oedipus Snark, a man so vile that even those closest to him are plotting revenge against the Lib Dem parliamentarian. The author's cunning social observations bring the reader closer than ever to the hopes and dreams of his assembled cast in unique fashion.