Alexander Smith

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McCall Smith - Tea Time for the Traditionally Buil


It is a troublesome fact on which even Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi agree: there are things that men know and ladies do not, and vice versa. It is unfortunate, for example, when Mma Ramotswe's newest client is the big-shot owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers, that one thing lady detectives know very little about is football. And when the glamorous Violet Sephotho sets her sights on Mma Makutsi's unsuspecting fiance, it becomes exasperatingly clear that some men do not know how to recognise a ruthless Jezebel even when she is bouncing up and down on the best bed in the Double Comfort Furniture Shop. In her attempt to foster understanding between the sexes and find the traitor on Mr Football's team, Mma Ramotswe ventures into new territory, drinks tea in unfamiliar kitchens and learns to trust in the observational powers of small boys. And, as wise and warm-hearted as his heroine, Alexander McCall Smith reminds us that we must dig deep to uncover the goodness of the human heart.
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Heavenly Date And Other Flirt


From the author of the New York Times bestselling series, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, comes a collection of short stories that have readers visiting in on romantic encounters in exotic locales around the globe In these hilarious stories of perverse meetings, casual dates, and romantic encounters, readers will be enthralled, saddened, inspired, and surprised by the encounters they witness. McCall Smith, a master of the unexpected and a seamless storyteller, revels in offering the quirky complications inherent in entanglements which human beings engineer for themselves—entanglements that can be shocking, edifying, compulsive, complicated, and sometimes, completely disastrous. This is an exceptional collection of stories from an author whose rapidly growing audience delights in his extraordinary imagination and delicious insights into the endlessly fascinating peculiarities of the human condition.
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První dámská detektivní kancelář


První díl z úspěšné série detektivních příběhů zachycuje období, kdy sympatická Precious Ramotswe zakládá první ženskou detektivní agenturu v Gaborone, hlavním městě Botswany. Nejenže se dokáže vypořádat s podvodníky, najít zmizelého manžela nebo zkrotit neposlušné dcery ustaraných rodičů, ale nabídne nám také pohled do duše národa, jenž obývá oblast na prahu pouště Kalahari. Když se Precious nakonec vrhne po stopách zmizelého dítěte, riskuje vlastní pověst a možná i život. Alexander McCall Smith okouzlil čtenáře netradiční hlavní hrdinkou i jejím chytrým humorem. Je vynikajícím vypravěčem a jeho text čtenáře spolehlivě přenese do prostředí odlišné africké kultury. Není bez zajímavosti, že režisér známých filmů Anglický pacient a Talentovaný pan Ripley Anthony Minghella natočil podle této literární předlohy detektivní seriál.
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1. ženská detektívna kancelária


Zanovité dcéry. Stratení manželia. Záletní partneri. Neobvyklí podvodníci. Ak máte problém, s ktorým vám nik nevie pomôcť, navštívte Precious Ramotsweovú, jedinú – a najlepšiu – botswanskú súkromnú detektívku. Možno nemá tradičné vyšetrovacie metódy a spôsobmi sa asi nepodobá slečne Marplovej, no nechýba jej zápal, vtip a intuícia. Navyše má po svojom boku pána J. L. B. Matekoniho, očarujúceho majiteľa autoservisu Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. Precious sa vydáva po stopách zmiznutého dieťaťa a pri tom sa ocitne v spleti zvláštnych i nebezpečných situácií. Vtedy sa jej Matekoniho priateľstvo a pomoc zídu ako soľ.
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Žirafie slzy


Precious Ramotsweová je pozoruhodne vnímavá a rafinovaná majiteľka jedinej ženskej detektívnej kancelárie v Botswane. V knihe Žirafie slzy sleduje rozmarnú manželku, odhalí nesvedomitú slúžku a hľadá Američana, ktorý sa pred mnohými rokmi stratil v planinách. Uprostred riešenia neistôt, uvažovania o blížiacom sa vydaji za dobrého, milého muža, pána J. L. B. Matekoniho, a povýšenia svojej talentovanej sekretárky (absolventky Botswanskej administratívnej akadémie s hodnotením 97 percent) zistí, že jej rodina sa náhle a neočakávane rozšírila o dvoch členov.
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Labutí boh lásky


Angus je keltský boh snov, syn bojachtivého Dagdu a ducha vody Boanna. Angus je mladý a krásny a roznáša sny lásky každému, koho stretáva. Je priateľom vtákov a ochrancom zvierat. Podobne ako iné keltské mýty, aj tento príbeh je o premene. Angus sa rád zapožičiava do paralelných príbehov, ktoré nám autor rozpráva: ľahký sugestívny príbeh o mužovi, ktorý miloval prasce, o čerstvej manželke, ktorá si uvedomí, že sa vydala za muža plného tajov, o hnedookom manželskom páre, ktorým sa narodil modrooký syn.
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Blue Shoes and Happiness


Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally built person into the married state than she finds herself looking into several troublesome matters at once. There is, to begin with, a disturbing case of blackmail and theft from the Government catering college. Then, while on an errand for her husband to the Mokolodi Game Reserve Mma Ramotswe is seconded to investigate an unpleasant atmosphere that may be down to witchcraft, or something worse. There are sinister goings-on at a health clinic to be looked into, not to mention any number of small wrongs to be righted along the path to detective triumph. And all the time Mma Ramotswe has weighty questions of a philosophical nature to consider, such as whether it is right to find happiness in small things, such as a new pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.
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The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency 8)


As winter turns to spring across the red earth, acacia trees and slow green rivers of Botswana, all is not quite as it should be on Zebra Drive, home to Mma Ramotswe and her beloved husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. At the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency t here are the usual number of cases to be pursued, from persistent theft at Teenie Magama's printing works to the rather more serious case of three suspicious deaths at the Mochudi hospital, but there is discontent among the ranks. It is bad enough th at Mr Matekoni's apprentice Charlie is off on another escapade and Mma Makutsi's impending marriage threatens her happy working relationship with Mma Ramotswe. And when - in trying to prove himself a worthy husband - Mr J. L. B. Matekoni himself deci des to try a little detective work, disaster looms ...Tender, witty and wise, the latest instalment in the lives of Alexander McCall's Smith's extended Botswana family instructs us with familiar modesty in the importance of trust, love, not judging b y appearances and what really makes a good husband.Upozornenie: Vzhľadom na častejšie obmeny vydaní tejto knihy v zahraničí, kus, ktorý vám zašleme, nemusí mať rovnakú obálku ako je zobrazená tu. Zobrazená obálka môže byť iba ilustračná. Obsah knihy aj cena budú však identické, bez ohľadu na obálku.
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Friends, Lovers, Chocolate


Isabel Dalhousie thinks often of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called In Praise of Sin with panache and conviction, but real life is...well, perhaps a bit more challenging - particularly when it comes to her feelings for Jamie, a younger man who should have married her niece, Cat. Jamie's handsomeness leaves Isabel feeling distinctly uneasy, and ethically disturbed. 'I am a philosopher', she thinks, 'but I am also a woman'. And more disturbance is in store. When Cat takes a break in Italy, Isabel agrees to run her delicatessen. One of the customers, she discovers, has recently had a heart transplant and is now being plagued by memories that cannot be rationally explained and which he feels do not belong to him. Isabel is intrigued. So intrigued that she finds herself rushing headlong into a dangerous investigation. But she still has time to think about the things that possess her - things like love and friendship, and, of course, temptation. The last of these comes in many forms - chocolate, for example, or seductive Italians...
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Love Over Scotland


With his characteristic warmth, inventiveness and brilliant wit, Alexander McCall Smith gives us more of the gloriously entertaining comings and goings at 44 Scotland Street, the Edinburgh townhouse. Six-year-old prodigy Bertie perseveres in his heroic struggle for truth and balanced good sense against his insufferable mother and her crony, the psychotherapist Dr Fairbairn, going as far as to make a short-lived bid for freedom on a trip to Paris with the Edinburgh youth orchestra. Domenica sets off on an anthropological odyssey with pirates in the Malacca Straits, while Pat attracts several handsome admirers, including a toothsome suitor named Wolf. And Big Lou, eternal source of coffee and good advice to her friends, has love, heartbreak and erstwhile boyfriend Eddie's misdemeanours on her own mind.
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The Miracle at Speedy Motors


It has never occurred to Precious Ramotswe that there might be disadvantages to being the best-known lady detective in Botswana. But when she receives a threatening anonymous letter, she is compelled to reconsider her unconquerable belief in a kind world and good neighbours.
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The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street 4)


Poor put-upon Bertie is still struggling to escape his overbearing mother?s influence, his yoga lessons and his pink bedroom while wondering why new baby brother Ulysses looks uncomfortably like his psychotherapist. The insufferably handsome Bruce has returned from London to land, on his feet and rent-free, in the arms of heiress Julia Donald. But all is not well among the residents of 44 Scotland Street: Angus?s dog and constant companion Cyril is under threat of execution, victim of a miscarriage of justice, while pretty, indecisive Pat and hopeless romantic Matthew are on the verge of making the most terrible mistake of their lives ...Big Lou finds a new man, Matthew and Pat edge their relationship towards something more permanent - although this development is not without complications, when a glimpse of someone who just might be her handsome, caddish ex-flatmate Bruce sets Pat's pulse racing - and Domenica's friendship with Antonia is tested to the limit when an assortment of her belongings mysteriously appear in Antonia's new flat.
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The unbearable lightness of s


To the casual observer, the great enlightened city of Edinburgh, home of no-nonsense philosophers and cream teas, might appear immune to the rollercoaster of strong emotions. But at 44 Scotland Street, as Matthew and Elspeth embark on the risky enterprise of married love, the raffish portrait painter Angus Lordie has a premonition of disaster. And soon enough Irene Pollock is shocked to learn that her small son Bertie harbours a highly unsuitable ambition; the gloriously vain Bruce discovers a wrinkle and confronts rejection; and Angus finds himself facing the grave consequences of unbridled bliss, not to mention a large Glaswegian gangster bearing gifts ...
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Las orchestra saves the world


With a failed marriage behind her, La -- short for Lavender -- moves to the Suffolk countryside on the eve of the Second World War to nurse her broken heart. Lonely and at a loss, a friend encourages her to bring the villagers and the men from the local airbase together by forming an amateur orchestra. One of her musician recruits is Feliks, a handsome and enigmatic Polish refugee. A friendship begins to blossom between the two, and La finds her feelings stirring to life again. Poignant, tender and inspiring, La's Orchestra Saves the World celebrates the power of love and friendship in the shadow of the collective tragedy of war, as well as the extraordinary healing power of music.
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The Girl Who Married a Lion


How can a girl possibly have married a lion? How can a man have a tree growing out of his head?And how can a woman have children made of wax?The stories in this collection make these questions seem simple, everyday ones - then deftly supplies simple, everyday answers.Surprising and humorous, these beautifully rendered tales demonstrate McCall Smith's renowned storytelling skills.
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