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Posted: Friday, November 7, 2003


Best-Selling Crime Writer Alexander McCall Smith to read from his newest work: November 14

Author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective series to preview his next novel

Author of more than 50 books and one of the world's leading medical ethicists, Alexander McCall Smith will read from the newest work in his The No. 1 Ladies' Detective series on November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library. He will be discussing his next and yet unpublished novel, and a book signing will follow.

Set in Botswana, where Mr. McCall Smith was born and raised, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective books have sold more than 2 million copies in English and topped the New York Times Best Seller List. Other books in the series include The Kalahari Typing School For Men, Morality for Beautiful Girls and Tears of the Giraffe.

Mr. McCall Smith has also written specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children's books.

He is the vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO. He is ethical advisor to the British Medical Journal and past co-convenor of the Human Genome Project.

Mr. McCall Smith became a law professor in Scotland, and it was in this role that he first returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped to set up a new law school at the University of Botswana. He is currently Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh.


For further information, please contact Stephen Brown at
748-1011, Ext. 1238 or E-mail

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