The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Pantheon Books
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2013
ISBN: 9780307378415
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Book Excerpt:

Assisting the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Mma Ramotswe begins to suspect that a saboteur is behind a string of unfortunate mishaps; while Mma Makutsi prepares for the birth of her child in spite of difficult family controversies.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-11-05
ISBN: 0307366863
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Book Excerpt:

In the latest book in the beloved, bestselling series of mysteries set in Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including mistakenly using face creams that burn the skin. Could someone be trying to put them out of business? Meanwhile on the home front, successful career woman Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana--a land where family has always been held above all else but which is on the crossroads between old and new--this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-10-03
ISBN: 1405520590
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Book Excerpt:

THE FOURTEENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one with the one hundred per cent new addition . . . There are joyful tidings at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency with the arrival of Mma Makutsi's baby. However, while her assistant is busy with motherhood, Mma Ramotswe must tackle tea-making and detective work alone. Well-known troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or may not be behind a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, and a dispute over the will of a local dignitary points to a shocking family secret. But the agency is resilient, adaptable and open to useful lessons - in particular, that our enemies and allies are not always obvious.

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-03-29
ISBN: 0748118861
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection Book Excerpt:

THE THIRTEENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one where Mma Ramotswe meets her hero . . . Mma Ramotswe, normally a peaceful sleeper, finds her slumbers disturbed by dreams of a tall stranger - but she is not quite ready to learn what this vision portends. Soon even Mma Makutsi has to admit that untoward things are occurring around the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: at Speedy motors, Fanwell finds himself in trouble with the law, and the indomitable Mma Potokwani disappears from the orphan farm. Armed with courage, kindness and an instinct for the truth, Mma Ramotswe sets out to restore order . . .

The Psychology of Beauty

The Psychology of Beauty
Author: Ellen Sinkman
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 173
Release: 2012
ISBN: 0765708426
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Psychology of Beauty Book Excerpt:

This book addresses the vital importance of beauty, its sources, and manifestations in everyone s lives including psychotherapy patients. During psychotherapy, patients manifest or defend against the desire to be beautiful. This book considers definitions of beauty, gender identity themes, and origins of beauty in the mother-infant relationship."

The Joy and Light Bus Company

The Joy and Light Bus Company
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-09-02
ISBN: 1408714426
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Joy and Light Bus Company Book Excerpt:

The latest instalment from the beloved THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY series Mma Ramotswe knows she is very lucky indeed. She has a loving family, good friends and a thriving business doing what she enjoys most: helping people. But the latest mystery she is called upon to solve is distinctly trickier than it initially appears, and, of course, there's plenty to handle in her personal life between Charlie and his new bride and Mma Makutsi and her talking shoes. In the end, Mma Ramotswe's patience and common-sense will win out, and, without a doubt, all will be the better for it.

The Lost Art of Gratitude

The Lost Art of Gratitude
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-09-22
ISBN: 0307378578
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lost Art of Gratitude Book Excerpt:

ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 6 Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective. Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one of fiction’s most richly developed amateur detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life’s questions, large and small. The sensational sixth installment in the best-selling chronicles of the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie finds our inquisitive heroine and new mother racing two very troublesome people from her past. Isabel’s son, Charlie, is only eighteen months, but his social life is already kicking into high gear, and it's at a birthday party, where Isabel is approached by Minty Auchterlonie, an old adversary and now a high-flying financier. Minty, it seems, is having trouble in her personal life, and seeks Isabel's help. To make matters worse, the anything but peaceable Professor Dove has accused Isabel's journal of plagiarism. There is also the ever-pressing question of the future of her relationship with Jamie. As always, she makes her way toward the heart of each problem by philosophizing, sleuthing, and downright snooping as only she can.

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

The No  1 Ladies  Detective Agency
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2008-10-02
ISBN: 0748110615
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Book Excerpt:

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES Fans around the world adore the best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In the first book of the bestselling series, Mma Ramotswe - with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi - navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humour and the occasional cup of tea. Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . . The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the 1st book in the series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order

Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

Unusual Uses for Olive Oil
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2013-01-01
ISBN: 0307948668
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unusual Uses for Olive Oil Book Excerpt:

Welcome to the insane and rarified world of Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Von Igelfeld is engaged in a never-ending quest to win the respect he feels certain he is due—a quest which has the tendency to go hilariously astray. In Unusual Uses for Olive Oil, von Igelfeld experiences a series of new adventures. First, he finds that his academic rival Detlev-Amadeus Unterholzer has been winning undeserved recognition, a situation that must be addressed. Then von Igelfeld stumbles toward a romance with Frau Benz, a charming widow who owns her very own Schloss and a fleet of handsome cars—that is, until a faux pas lands him on the curb. Later, while on the annual student study retreat in the Alps, von Igelfeld fearlessly plunges 3000 feet into mountaineering history, and turns his survival into the subject of inspirational lectures. Finally, at a dinner party, he is the only kind soul who can aid an unfortunate dachshund whose sticky wheels are in need of lubrication. Alexander McCall Smith’s Professor von Igelfeld is his most wonderfully maddening, ridiculous, and utterly inspired comic creation.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and Learning Strategies
Author: Diana Whitton
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2015-06-29
ISBN: 1107441188
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teaching and Learning Strategies Book Excerpt:

The text outlines teaching strategies that can be used to facilitate classroom learning and engagement, including discovery learning, experiments, demonstrations, the use of questioning, the facilitation of discussion and the effective provision of feedback. Chapters include activities, diagrams and key points to help readers practise the strategies and consolidate knowledge.

The House of Unexpected Sisters

The House of Unexpected Sisters
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-09-07
ISBN: 1408708167
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The House of Unexpected Sisters Book Excerpt:

THE EIGHTEENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one with the other Mma Ramotswe . . . The dismissal of an employee at a thriving local business leads to an investigation by Precious Ramotswe and self-appointed Principal Investigating Officer Grace Makutsi. But Mma Ramotswe also has to contend with the re-appearance of her ex-husband, and the arrival of a long-lost relation: another Mma Ramotswe. Can Precious draw on her strength, compassion and powers of detection to manage these surprises from the past? 'A delight' Daily Telegraph

A Promise of Ankles

A Promise of Ankles
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-11-05
ISBN: 0349144702
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Promise of Ankles Book Excerpt:

From the hugely popular 44 Scotland Street series comes the latest adventures of Bertie and his family and friends. The winds of change are blowing through Scotland Street. Though Bertie is getting older, he can't resist an adventure to escape his domineering mother, and Bruce, ever the navel-gazer, will have to bring his best self to navigate the complexities of the pas de deux. While Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully warm and witty comedy takes some surprising turns, the improbable adventures of this quirky cast of Scots will affirm the heart and joy in Edinburgh's New Town. A Promise of Ankles is the fourteenth installment of this beloved series.

The Quiet Side of Passion

The Quiet Side of Passion
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-06-07
ISBN: 1408709449
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet Side of Passion Book Excerpt:

THE TWELFTH INSTALLMENT OF THE MUCH-LOVED ISABEL DALHOUSIE SERIES It is summer in Edinburgh and Isabel Dalhousie is once again caught between 'gossip' and significant rumour. It is none of her business that Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie's little friend Basil, is estranged from Basil's father, or that the woman has a somewhat brazen attitude to childcare. And yet, it is curious. Isabel, however, has much else on her mind as editor of the 'Review of Applied Ethics'. Along with the work involved for its impending next issue, she really needs to get her house in order and tend to the demands of her niece, Cat. Thankfully, the arrival of Antonia, the exuberant Italian au pair, will take care of urgent chores. And the hiring of Claire, a diligent if unsettlingly beautiful new assistant at the 'Review', surely means that Isabel can breathe, at least a little. But her sharp observation and assured role as confidante soon have Isabel doubting all her recent decisions. What's more, her instinct to help others may have put her in real danger. In her desire to run both a smooth household and working life, has she simply created more chaos? Perhaps the quiet side of passion is, after all, the best side on which to be? The Quiet Side of Passion is the twelfth book in the series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Dream Angus

Dream Angus
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Canongate Books
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2008-10-30
ISBN: 1847673996
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dream Angus Book Excerpt:

Dream Angus comes to you at night and bestows dreams. Just the sight of him may be enough to make you lose your heart, for he is also the god of love, youth and beauty. In this mesmerising retelling of the Celtic myth, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and reality, leaving us to wonder: what is life but the pursuit of dreams?

Sweet Thoughtful Valentine

Sweet  Thoughtful Valentine
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2016-05-05
ISBN: 0349142521
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sweet Thoughtful Valentine Book Excerpt:

Edinburgh basks in glorious, but brief, summer sunshine, and Isabel Dalhousie - philosopher, philanthropist and mother - searches for the perfect birthday present for her husband Jamie. While carefully seeking out a gift, Isabel finds herself at a viewing for an auction, and happens upon an old friend in distress - a friend who decides to unburden herself of her secrets, and to reveal a clue within a painting hanging on the walls of the auction house. Soon Isabel discovers that this secret binds her not only to her friend, but also to another woman. Questions about morality and loyalty disturb Isabel's peaceful existence with her young son and precious family, but she must face up to them in order to ensure that no one is led astray. Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine is a charming and gentle novella featuring one of Alexander McCall Smith's most loved characters: Isabel Dalhousie.

A Richer Brighter Vision for American High Schools

A Richer  Brighter Vision for American High Schools
Author: Nel Noddings
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 211
Release: 2015-05-14
ISBN: 1107075262
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Richer Brighter Vision for American High Schools Book Excerpt:

Nel Noddings advocates a unifying educational aim of producing better adults and presents strategies to achieve this in high schools.

At the Reunion Buffet

At the Reunion Buffet
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 60
Release: 2015-05-26
ISBN: 1101970464
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

At the Reunion Buffet Book Excerpt:

A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) back into your life. Isabel Dalhousie--philosopher, mother and friend--has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her home, bringing with them new names, new looks, and old reputations. While some will see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren't interested in changing their minds about the past. One particular classmate, Barbara Grant, was known as an especially mean girl who bullied the others relentlessly. As hostess, Isabel feels compelled to help her guests on the path toward reconciliation and forgiveness, but bitter feelings and long-held secrets threaten to derail her efforts entirely. With her trademark insight and compassion, Isabel Dalhousie may find a way to navigate these treacherous waters. An eBook short.

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2010-01-12
ISBN: 030747674X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones Book Excerpt:

44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 5 The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother. Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie. With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters--all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh.

How to Raise an Elephant

How to Raise an Elephant
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-09-03
ISBN: 1408712806
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Raise an Elephant Book Excerpt:

The latest instalment from the beloved THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY series Catch up on the latest from Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi and other favourites in this new instalment of Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. As the temperature rises in Gaborone, Precious Ramotswe, founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, wonders whether the heat could be the reason that business is particularly slow. Luckily, a slower pace in life is her natural preference, unlike her colleague Mma Makutsi, who is alert to every passing observation and inclined to making snap decisions. With fewer cases to handle, Precious has time to contemplate her new neighbours, a couple who, by the sounds of it, have a rather volatile relationship . . . But then a distant cousin of Mma Ramotswe's comes to the agency with a plea for help, and the ladies decide to pursue the issue together. Armed with Mma Ramotswe's circumspection and Mma Makutsi's sharp eye, they proceed with confidence and open hearts. What, after all, could be more straightforward than a family matter? Meanwhile, their colleague Charlie is behaving oddly, borrowing Mma Ramotswe's van and returning it in an unusual condition. Digging a little deeper, the explanation is both strange and extraordinary, and takes Charlie, along with Mma Ramotswe's husband, Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, on a hair-raising night-time expedition. In the end, Precious is reminded of the need to view a picture from every angle, to accept the imperfections in people and situations, and then find a solution - preferably over a delicious slice of her friend Mma Potokwani's fruit cake. 'Irresistible' The Times 'Every page contains a gem of wit and insight' Scotsman

The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists

The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-02-26
ISBN: 034914401X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists Book Excerpt:

Detective Ulf Varg from the Department of Sensitive Crimes is often called upon to investigate unusual matters. But rarely is he asked to conduct an inquiry on behalf of his own family. Is such a thing ethical? Adding to Ulf's moral discomfort is the fact that he does not exactly see eye to eye with his younger brother Bjorn - a leading player in one of Sweden's right-wing parties, the Moderate Extremists. Still, family is family, so Ulf finds himself working to uncover the mole leaking secrets to a rival party, the Extreme Moderates. All of this in addition to his responsibilities to the Department, which include investigating a case of cat-related sabotage. As always, it's up to Ulf to close the case . . . even if he encounters unexpected resistance from the victims themselves. From literary master McCall Smith, this is a bewitching short foray, witty and warm, into Scandinavian mystery. Contains an exclusive extract from The Department of Sensitive Crimes, the first novel in the new Detective Varg series by Alexander McCall Smith