Oh frabjous day!!

Hip hip hooray – another Alexander McCall Smith is on the way! This time it is number 15 in The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series with one of the usual delicious titles “The handsome man’s de luxe cafe”. It focuses on the indefatigeable Grace Makutsi who, not satisfied by being promoted to the post of Assistant Director of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, decides to open a cafe – with a difference.This book is to be published in September, but it is on order at Wellington City Libraries and you can reserve it on the Library catalogue.

Syndetics book coverHandsome man’s de luxe cafe
“In this delightful fifteenth installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can’t quite meet all the demands of running a business—not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building. Eventually, she’ll have to accept all the help she can get—even if it comes from a completely unexpected source.” (Summary from amazon.co.uk).

Alexander McCall Smith is an author who has brought comfort and pleasure to millions of people throughout the world. The intelligence, humour and humanity found within his books make for a very addictive mix as his many, many fans can attest.

He has a website on which he lists all his current books and events.You might want to go to Botswana with him and see all the sites associated with Mma Ramotswe !!

You can also subscribe to his quarterly newsletters. In the latest one he tells of his recent trip to New Zealand and his pilgrimage to the Hokianga where his doctor grandfather was based at at Rawene Hospital.The 1973 autobiography which we stock, ” Nurse in the North: working with Dr G.M Smith in the Hokianga” by Barbara Ancott-Johnson gives a very good picture of him. You can read about the visit and see a photograph which clearly shows the strong physical resemblance between grandfather and grandson in a recent Northern Advocate article.

He also writes of his appearances at the Dunedin,Christchurch and particularly Auckland Book festivals. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make a long journey to hear one of the talks by this charismatic author. You can listen to him here !

New online storytimes to keep you entertained

If you’re wanting distraction for the younger ones in your family (or you want to be entertained yourself), why don’t you check out our new online stories? Donkeys and Selma, both read by Thomas La Hood, are now available to view (our grateful thanks to Gecko Press for allowing us to use these books).

These videos join the other online storytimes on our Kids Downloads page.