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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Anchor Books
  • Release : 2014-06-03
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN : 9780307473004
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (14)

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release : 2013-11-05
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0307366863
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2013-10-03
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1405520590
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2012-03-29
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0748118861
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
Creation of a Beautiful Self

by Ellen Sinkman

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 0765708426
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Pantheon Books
  • Release : 2014-10-28
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780307911544
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As Mma Ramotswe juggles a life full of challenges and responsibilities, Grace Makutsi must throw in the towel and seek help after her new business venture, The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe, is struck by lightning. By the best-selling author of The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon. Reading group guide.

The Joy and Light Bus Company

The Joy and Light Bus Company
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2021-09-02
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1408714426
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

At the Reunion Buffet

At the Reunion Buffet
An Isabel Dalhousie Story

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2015-05-26
  • Pages : 60
  • ISBN : 1101970464
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Historical Dictionary of Botswana

Historical Dictionary of Botswana
A Book

by Barry Morton,Jeff Ramsay

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2018-06-13
  • Pages : 506
  • ISBN : 1538111330
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This fifth edition of Historical Dictionary of Botswana contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary has over 500 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

Precious and Grace

Precious and Grace
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-09-01
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1408708132
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE SEVENTEENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one with the woman who lost her past . . . Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi's friendship is tested by a curious case: a client who left Botswana thirty years ago and remembers little of her past. The quest for the truth takes the detectives in very different directions - but what if they are both wrong? Meanwhile, Fanwell adopts a stray dog, Mr Polopetsi becomes entangled in a tricky business deal and Violet Sephotho could be running for a prestigious award. Can Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi move beyond their differing views to solve the case and bring harmony to the agency?

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2014-09-18
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1405520604
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE FIFTEENTH BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one with Mma Makutsi's ambitious plan . . . Change is afoot at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency when Mma Makutsi arrives with a business plan for its proprietress, as well as an outline of her new venture: the Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe. In the course of one turbulent day, the agency gains a dubiously qualified Assistant Detective and takes on the challenge of identifying a lady with no name and no memory. But when Mma Makutsi's entrepreneurial future comes under threat, Charlie is led astray and Violet Sephotho turns restaurant critic, only Mma Ramotswe's infallible instincts can transform disruption into a force for good.

The House of Unexpected Sisters

The House of Unexpected Sisters
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2017-09-07
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1408708167
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2020-11-05
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0349144702
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-05-20
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0349142300
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'While My Italian Bulldozer certainly advocates a kind, considerate, some might even say old-fashioned approach to resolving affairs of the heart, it also succeeds in subtly, almost imperceptibly ripping up the traditional rules of the romantic comedy and creating something refreshingly original' Scotsman When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative. While there may be no cars available there is something else on offer: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts and so begins a series of laugh out loud adventures through the Italian countryside, following in the wake of Paul and his Italian Bulldozer. A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

A Distant View of Everything

A Distant View of Everything
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2017-03-23
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1408709414
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Recently distracted by the arrival of her and Jamie's second son, Magnus, Isabel Dalhousie - philanthropic editor of the Review of Applied Ethics - is anxious. The next issue of the Review is far from ready, her eldest, Charlie, is jealous, and their housekeeper, Grace, has an officious approach to childcare. With some relief, Isabel returns to helping out at her niece Cat's delicatessen, where surely the most taxing duty is the preparation of sandwiches. It's not long before Isabel's helpful, philosophical nature draws her into customers' problems, specifically that of ambitious, self-proclaimed matchmaker, Bea Shandon. Bea has staged a potentially dangerous liaison involving enigmatic plastic surgeon, Tony MacUspaig, who may not be quite who he claims to be - and Isabel's help is required in getting to the truth of the matter. Good-hearted Isabel proceeds with her usual thorough attention to task, and on Bea's advice talks to her friend Rob, a trustworthy regular on Bea's dinner party circuit, and known to have deep suspicions about MacUspaig. It becomes clear, however, that Rob has an agenda of his own and Isabel is now contending with that, along with a mysterious medical condition of Jamie's and some frustrating dead ends when it comes to Bea's predicament. When the truth finally reveals itself, Isabel must conclude that along with MacUspaig, Bea, Jamie - and even Cat - she herself is not immune to misunderstandings, or the neurotic fantasies that arise from keeping secrets . . .

Love in the Time of Bertie

Love in the Time of Bertie
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2021-11-04
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0349145180
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The latest in the hugely popular 44 Scotland Street series from the worldwide bestselling author, Alexander McCall Smith Life for Bertie seems to be moving at a pace that is rather out of his control. Upstairs, at 44 Scotland Street, his father Stuart is powerless to stop over-bearing Irene and her determination that Bertie will travel to deepest, coldest Aberdeen on a three-month sojourn. Can his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson save the day? And can the boys execute a great escape? Meanwhile, further up in the New Town, Bruce Anderson's property development plans are thwarted by a sudden crisis of conscience that leads to a shocking revelation. And, in Big Lou's cafe, it seems that love might blossom at last. Warm hearted, humorous and always wonderfully wise, Love in the Time of Bertie offers philosophical insight as well as sartorial elegance. There are tribulations as well as celebrations in this the next instalment in the 44 Scotland Street series.

The Quiet Side of Passion

The Quiet Side of Passion
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2018-06-07
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1408709449
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
The Celtic God of Dreams

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Release : 2008-10-30
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1847673996
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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
An Isabel Dalhousie story

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-05-05
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN : 0349142521
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

The Peppermint Tea Chronicles

The Peppermint Tea Chronicles
A Book

by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2019-08-15
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0349144257
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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It is summer in Scotland Street (as it always is) and for the habitués of Edinburgh's favourite street some extraordinary adventures lie in waiting. For the impossibly vain Bruce Anderson - he of the clove-scented hair gel - it may finally be time to settle down, and surely it can only be a question of picking the lucky winner from the hordes of his admirers. The Duke of Johannesburg is keen to take his flight of fancy, a microlite seaplane, from the drawing board to the skies. Big Lou is delighted to discover that her young foster son has a surprising gift for dance but she is faced with big decisions to make on his and her futures. And with Irene now away to pursue her research in Aberdeen, her husband, Stuart, and infinitely long-suffering son, Bertie, are free to play. Stuart rekindles an old friendship over peppermint tea whilst Bertie and his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson get more they bargained for from their trip to the circus. And that's just the beginning . . .