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I Highly Recommend It If You Like To Be Happy

Advantages: Uplifting, honest, heartwarming.
Disadvantages: Some critics found it patronising.

...Precious Ramotswe would like to be the Miss Marple of the African continent. When her father dies, she does as he has asked – as any good daughter would – and sets up a business. Mma Ramotswe's business is not exactly the one her father had imagined, th ...

jillmurphy 11.03.2004 · Read full review
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The No. I Review on A No. I Botswana Lady

Advantages: wonderfully simple style, funny, charming
Disadvantages: none, honest

Faced with a long train journey to London a week or so back, I asked my work colleague to recommend a good book I could take with me: something light, both to carry and in subject! She brought 'The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency' by Alexander McCall Smith t ...

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Miss Marple From Botswana

Advantages: charming
Disadvantages: could be longer

...Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Browsing through Waterstone´s 3 for 2 offers I was magically drawn to ´The No. 1 Ladies´ Detective Agency´. The colours and the design have an ethno touch, the bush hut in the upper part and the crocodile in th ...

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Satisfaction Guaranteed for All Parties

Advantages: a charming simple read, unusual setting and plot
Disadvantages: pared down writing, sometimes unbelievable characters

I am an avid reader and have a particlar interest in Scottish fiction and work by Edinburgh writers. In recent months, Alexander McCall Smith has received a great deal of critical acclaim for his epsiodic series of books featuring Precious Ramotswe, a fem ...

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A Slice of African Life

Advantages: Good read, engaging characters, authentic African culture
Disadvantages: African names can put off people

...I had heard quite a bit about The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, but had never really been interested in reading it. Then I saw a TV interview with the author Alexander McCall Smith. One thing he said really intrigued me. To paraphrase, he said peopl ...

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