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The Full Cupboard Of Life

On sale

2nd October 2008

Price: £9.99

Theakstons, 2005

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9780748110650

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The fifth book in the multi-million copy bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series

The one where J. L. B. Matekoni takes a great leap . . .

Once again, Mma Ramotswe is asked to look into the love lives of fellow Botswanans: a rich woman has a number of suitors and wants her to investigate their motives. But to tell the truth, it is her own love life about which Precious wants answers. She has been engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni for so long that she is starting to wonder if they will ever marry. His mind, though, is elsewhere – Mma Potokwani has persuaded him to perform a parachute jump for charity, and he is not happy about it at all . . .

‘Hugely enjoyable’ Sunday Times

‘Extremely funny’ Mail on Sunday

‘I haven’t read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time’ Sunday Telegraph

‘McCall Smith is a natural born storyteller’ Scotland on Sunday


Entertainment Weekly
Brims with the same old-fashioned charm as its lovely predecessors... An engaging read
Seattle Times
Beguiling... The author's deceptively simple prose... is as supple as ever. His gift for effortless description of dusty, sun-baked Africa is undiminished
San Francisco Chronicle
Delightful... The warm humanity is what brings readers back... There is a simplicity and lyricism in the language that brings out the profound importance of everyday revelations
Chicago Sun Times
Utterly enchanting
Marie Claire
Addictive... our reviewer was so entertained, she bought the rest of the series!
Dallas Morning News
A treasure of wit and wisdom
Soothing... New readers can start here and enjoy a plot even more inventive than the earlier ones
Wall Street Journal
The greatest mystery in this witty and charming book is whether Mma Ramotswe will succeed in getting her fiance to name a date for their long-anticipated wedding. It's hard to conceive of any reader not being just as eager to find out as she is
New York Times Book Review
Smith's big-hearted Botswana series... allows his readers to escape into a world of simple, picturesque pleasures and upstanding virtues
Refreshing, funny and life-affirming
USA Today
Enthralling... Mma Ramotswe is someone readers can't help but love