Ichabod is itchy

October 25, 2006

The creator of Mma Ramotswe

Filed under: literature,writing — by ichabodisitchy @ 7:57 am

My mum and dad are in town this week. They live in Mexico, so we don’t get to see them as often as I’d like and I must say that I absolutely love it when they come to stay. We don’t generally take advantage of all the wonderful things London has to offer in our usual life, so when the parentals come for a visit we always get a good dose of ‘culture’– theatres, exhibitions etc.

Last night my  mum and I went to a talk, sponsored by the hay festival, by Alexander McCall Smith– the creator of Mma Ramotswe and the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, among many other characters.

It was a true delight. McCall Smith was hilarious– an archetypal English gentleman (although born and bred in Africa). He was exceptionally ‘jolly’, with slightly mad professorial hair and a definite twinkle in his eye. He is a definite story-teller and delighted the whole audience with endless tales that often had little to do with his books or his writing, but that were, never-the-less very entertaining.

I love the Mma Ramotswe books– so simply written, yet so evocative– and full of wonderful characters. Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni is a favourite. He’s already published 7 Ramotswe adventures, but I was pleased to hear he’s signed up to definitely produce another 4…



  1. I love these books, too. I remember when I read the first one, Cathy read it too. It was the first “adult” book she read.

    I have not been tempted to try his other series, though.

    Nice that your parents are here — are they still here or are they back again?

    Comment by Web editor — October 25, 2006 @ 7:59 pm |Reply

  2. PS I sent this post to Frank on Books, Inq., who linked to it from there. He is a fan of this series too == another example of like-minded bloggers!

    Comment by Web editor — November 5, 2006 @ 9:20 pm |Reply

  3. Connaissez-vous Mma RAMOTSWE ?

    Connaissez-vous la première femme détective africaine? Connaissez-vous cette Miss Marple façon "Mama Africa" ?Un zeste de recherches de détectives, quelques cuillérées de filatures nocturnes, une poig…

    Trackback by Le blog de Nino - Nino's Blog — December 22, 2006 @ 5:19 pm |Reply

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