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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged audio book. 8 CDs. edition (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407404784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407404783
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,262,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful 'No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers through the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series, and the Corduroy Mansions series, novels which started life as a delightful (but challenging to write) cross-media serial, written on the website of the Telegraph Media Group. This series won two major cross-media awards - Association of Online Publishers Digital Publishing Award 2009 for a Cross Media Project and the New Media Age award.

In addition to these series, Alexander writes stand-alone books. 2014 sees publication of three new novels which fall into this area: 'The Forever Girl'; 'Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party'; and 'Emma' - a reworking of the classic Jane Austen novel. This year there will also be a stunning book on Edinburgh, 'A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh'. Earlier stand alone novels include 'La's Orchestra Saves the World' and 'Trains and Lovers: A Hearts Journey'.

Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America. In March of 2011 he received an award from the President of Botswana for his services through literature to that country.
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

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Delightful ... McCall Smith is a writer who celebrates kindness, in short supply in the world today. --The Sunday Telegraph

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* The third in THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB series, starring amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sue at home VINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
The first time EVER I have written a review before finishing a book...

I absolutely love this series. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is superb but Elizabeth Dalhousie is beyond superb. I find it incredibly difficult to explain what it is about this series I like so much. I have lent The Sunday Philosphy Club to a couple of friends but they have been singularly unimpressed. 'OK' was about the level of their total enthusiasm.

Well... nothing much really happens. I am not going to attempt to write a synopsis of the plot here (why do reviewers do that when I just want to know what they thought?).The plot isn't exactly what you would descibe as 'gritty' but this book was certainly page turning for me. How Alexander McCall Smith descibes another persons life and thought in such minute detail and makes it so fascinating is a mystery to me. It almost feels like voyeurism.

If you are an intelligent, thoughtful person who likes to give careful consideration to the routine incidents of daily life and keep many of your personal thoughts innermost, then give her a go. You may be surprised to find you are not alone.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time philosophers dealt with practical questions of ethics: When is it appropriate to lie? When can you take another life? When may you be silent while another makes a mistake? Alexander McCall Smith returns us to those musings, dressed up in the clothing of a divorced woman, Isabel Dalhousie, dealing with her personal life and her profession as the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. For those who like some intellectual depth with their stories, this series will be most rewarding. For those who want big laughs and ironies that make you instantly smile, go back to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

This is the third book in the series. In the prior books, Isabel shows herself to be a woman who likes to take her time to examine her behavior . . . before acting . . . and usually kicks herself when she doesn't let her intellect lead her. While being concerned about her niece, Cat, Isabel mostly is disappointed that Cat has rejected the handsome and worthy Jamie for a series of less good marital candidates. But Isabel has taken solace in keeping Jamie for a friend, while Jamie pines for the uninterested Cat.

When it rains, is that a blessing . . . or bad luck? In Scotland where it usually rains, you'd better take the former attitude. That's the theme of this story: How should you handle the unexpected?

The story moves forward on a number of fronts: Isabel develops an interest in an odd couple of Americans who turn out to be friends of her cousin; Cat has a new man in her life; Isabel and Jamie seem to drift closer together than either expected; Isabel helps Cat find some new help; and Isabel sets out to buy a home for Grace, her housekeeper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Shepherd on 9 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I adored the previous Isobel Dalhousie books, and could not wait to get my hands on this one as I was anicipating some fireworks in the on-going romances of the niece, not to mention lots of words of wisdom from the strong-minded housekeeper. I feel it turned out to be a 'nice story', easy to read but equally easy to put down, unlike the previous ones. Would prefer a little more mystery to add some excitement and a little less of the soppy romantic side, which although gentle and pleasant, did go on a bit. Aside from that, Cat could do with a good shaking, her choice of boyfriends is lousy, surely there is a good looking but honest young man of the right age somewhere in Edinburgh !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Once upon a time philosophers dealt with practical questions of ethics: When is it appropriate to lie? When can you take another life? When may you be silent while another makes a mistake? Alexander McCall Smith returns us to those musings, dressed up in the clothing of a divorced woman, Isabel Dalhousie, dealing with her personal life and her profession as the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. For those who like some intellectual depth with their stories, this series will be most rewarding. For those who want big laughs and ironies that make you instantly smile, go back to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

This is the third book in the series. In the prior books, Isabel shows herself to be a woman who likes to take her time to examine her behavior . . . before acting . . . and usually kicks herself when she doesn't let her intellect lead her. While being concerned about her niece, Cat, Isabel mostly is disappointed that Cat has rejected the handsome and worthy Jamie for a series of less good marital candidates. But Isabel has taken solace in keeping Jamie for a friend, while Jamie pines for the uninterested Cat.

When it rains, is that a blessing . . . or bad luck? In Scotland where it usually rains, you'd better take the former attitude. That's the theme of this story: How should you handle the unexpected?

The story moves forward on a number of fronts: Isabel develops an interest in an odd couple of Americans who turn out to be friends of her cousin; Cat has a new man in her life; Isabel and Jamie seem to drift closer together than either expected; Isabel helps Cat find some new help; and Isabel sets out to buy a home for Grace, her housekeeper.
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