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The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency [Paperback]

Alexander McCall Smith
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March 6 2012 A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers
The twelfth installment in the beloved, bestselling series is once again a beautiful blend of wit and wisdom, and a profoundly touching tale of the human heart.

Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a dream in which she is driving her dear old white van. Grace Makutsi dreams that her 97 percent on the Botswana Secretarial College exam was a mistake. When Mma Ramotswe discovers that her van is actually still in use (and, of course, sets out to retrieve it), Mma Makutsi wonders whether her dream will turn out to be prophetic as well.

They can only wait and see, but, in the meantime, one of Phuti Radiphuti's apprentices has gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious and Grace to help the couple work things out. In other developments, Mma Ramotswe investigates a case of rural jealousy in which cattle are being poisoned. Add to the mix Violet Sephotho's newly begun, already unstoppable run for the Botswana Parliament and the possibility that wedding bells may finally ring for Phuti Radiphuti and Grace Makutsi — whose love for each other is as great as their love for Botswana — and we have a charming and delightful tale from the inimitable Alexander McCall Smith.


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"Smith again makes the sublime look easy in his winning 12th No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel… Smith has few peers in capturing the quiet moments of people's lives, and his empathetic lead has one of the biggest hearts in modern literature. Even newcomers will quickly be drawn into Mma Ramotswe's unconventional approach to investigations and rapidly feel that they are with old friends."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Utterly charming and compulsively readable.”
Newsweek
 
“The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas.”
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“McCall Smith’s characters are quick to find joy in small things. . . . In its own way, McCall Smith’s world is as stylized and hermetic as those created by P.G. Wodehouse or Damon Runyon—a sweet and timeless bubble with its own morality, language and customs. Entering it can be a source of great comfort in these uncertain times.”
— The Seattle Times

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"Irresistible."
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"The pleasure of these sweet books lies in the clarity and gravity with which the characters reason through everyday dilemmas."
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"The best, most charming, honest, hilarious and life affirming books to appear in years."
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"Millions of readers around the world… seem to hunger for the kindness, dignity and humor McCall Smith celebrates in Mma Ramotswe."
The Oregonian

"Utterly enchanting."
Chicago Sun-Times


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About the Author

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana.


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By Hana
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This seems to be the last volume of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Let's hope I am wrong.
There was much written about the series and this title. The positive, light spirited, the wisdom, the interesting characters, made it the most popular of the author's different topics. As I agree with all the praise, I would like to concentrate on one thing which bothered me in some of the latest volumes.
Mma Ramotswe lost her only child when she was first unhappily married, and she cannot have any more children. Therefore, after she married Mr. Matekoni, they adopted two orphans-a boy and a girl. The girl is in the wheel chair. And yet, we don't hear about the children, except that they either are going to bed, or are asleep. The reader has a feeling that this household is a childless one. Mma Ramotswe is free to plan her days, both parents are supposed to be very busy, but what are the children doing? They go to school alright, but what is happening when they are home? Certainly, the girl in a wheelchair needs much attention. How are they growing up? What is their appreciation of their parents? Do the parents teach them anything? Are there any problems, ever?
After adopting the children, the author forgot to integrate them into the household.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money and the read. March 29 2013
By doxland
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Excellent writing, I can hear the African accent in the speech.
More African stuff from this writer will surely sell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!! May 28 2014
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I love this series of books. Gentle stories about everyday people trying to get along with others and understand what makes people do the things they do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McCall Smith is the best June 20 2013
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I can't get enough of this series. Smith just has a magic way with words and the plot solutions are simply inspired. Keep writing, Mr. Smith.
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