The Girl Who Married a Lion by Alexander McCall Smith
and Other Tales from Africa

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Gathered here is a beguiling selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This treasury contains most of the stories previously collected in Children of Wax and seven new tales from the Setswana-speaking people of Botswana.

A girl discovers that her young husband might actually be a lion in disguise, but not before they have two sons who might actually be cubs . . . When a child made of wax follows his curiosity outside into the heat of daylight and melts, his siblings shape him into a bird with feathers made of leaves that enable him to fly into the light . . . Talking hyenas, milk-giving birds, clever cannibals who nonetheless get their comeuppance, and mysterious forces that reside in the landscape—these wonderful fables bring us the wealth, the variety, and the particular magic of traditional African lore.


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About Alexander McCall Smith

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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, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. www.alexandermccallsmith.com
 
Published December 7, 2004 by Pantheon. 208 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Straying from the safety net of a bestselling series (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency , etc.), Smith tells 40 traditional African folk tales with his by now sig

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Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith was born and raised in.

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A tree grows out of a man's head, a beautiful bird gives milk, another .

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This oral style is immediately evident in the style that McCall Smith has written the stories – you can imagine them being told aloud by a village elder to teach the children about morality and honesty.

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