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The Lost Art Of Gratitude
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* The new Isabel Dalhousie novel

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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects. For many years he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics bodies. Then in 1999 he achieved global recognition for his award-winning No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and thereafter devoted his time to the writing of fiction, including the 44 Scotland Street and the von Igelfeld series. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth, a doctor.Previous Books:The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, Bertie Plays the Blues, A Conspiracy of Friends, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, The Cleverness of Ladies

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No. 6 in the "Sunday Philosophy Club" series; Davina Porter reads. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Smith's quietly triumphant sixth novel to feature Scottish philosopher Isabel Dalhousie (after 2008's The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday) shows that Isabel and the author's other, better-known female sleuth-Precious Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series-are sisters under the skin, despite obvious differences. Minty Auchterlonie, who once alerted Isabel to some insider trading, fears someone is out to get her. The tax authorities have suddenly investigated Minty, and an unknown party has sent her a funeral wreath. When Isabel looks into these provocative acts, she draws on lessons learned from the journal she edits, the Review of Applied Ethics, to arrive at the complex truth behind them. Meanwhile, the father of Isabel's young son proposes marriage, and a defeated academic rival accuses her of knowingly publishing plagiarism. Smith's trademark humor and telling observations about people heighten the appeal. (Sept. 22) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Brimming with discreet charm * Mail on Sunday *
Like [Barbara] Pym, McCall Smith believes that the small stuff in life matters * Scotsman *

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