The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  (Collectors' Edition)

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Collectors' Edition)


A sumptuous Limited Edition of one of the world’s favourite books.

Precious Ramotswe, a cheerful woman of traditional build, is the founder of Botswana’s first and only ladies’ detective agency. Here is a gentle interpretation of the detective role: solving her cases through her innate wisdom and understanding of human nature, she ‘helps people with problems in their lives’.

With a tone that is as elegant as that which is unfailingly used by his protagonist, Alexander McCall Smith tenderly unfolds a picture of life in Gaborone with a mastery of comic understatement and an evident sympathy for his subjects and their milieu. In the background of all this is Botswana, a country of vast landscapes and echoing skies, one so beautiful and entrancing that it breaks the heart.

Mma Ramotswe has prepared the red bush tea and is waiting for you to join her. She has much to tell you.


The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was first published in 1998. Since then it has been adapted for radio and screen and has become a best-seller around the world. It is published in 46 languages and the English language edition alone has sold more than 25 million copies.


Please note that the paperback editions of the titles in this series are now available from Abacus, an imprint of Little,Brown.


‘Full of warmth, fun, heat and dust’ Daily Mail

‘A literary confection of such gossamer deliciousness’ New York Times

‘Smart and sassy…. Precious’ progress is charted in passages that have the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once’ Los Angeles Times

‘His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven’t read anything with such alloyed pleasure for a long time’ Sunday Telegraph