Alexander McCall Smith: Botswana

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Alexander McCall Smith: Botswana

Alexander McCall Smith: Botswana

What Shaped Him: Born in what is now Zimbabwe, McCall Smith became a law professor in Scotland and returned to Africa to set up a new law school at the University of Botswana. Lovestruck with the country of Botswana, McCall Smith used it as the setting for his wildly popular series of mystery novels, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."

Relive the Story: The fictitious agency is located in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. The villages of Mochudi and Molepolole are also featured in the novels. The Orphan Farm in the books exists, though not under that name. A TV show based on the series was produced by HBO and filmed on location in Botswana -- the first major television or film production to do so -- but it only lasted one season. While on holiday here, venture on a safari through the Okavango Delta; it's a region that McCall Smith himself enjoys visiting.

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