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Neville, Hilary

Overview
Works: 186 works in 455 publications in 1 language and 3,121 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Humorous fiction  Folklore  Musical fiction  Bildungsromans  Short stories  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction 
Roles: Narrator, Performer
Classifications: PR6063.C326, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Hilary Neville
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The No. 1 Ladies, Detective Agency consist of one women - the engaging and sassy Mma precious Ramotswe, who sets up shop in Gaborone, Botswana. A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, this unlikely heroine specialises in Missing husbands
The Kalahari typing school for men by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Precious Ramotswe is continuing to run her detective agency from the garage of her fiance, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. Plans for wedding need to be made - but when, if ever, will they wed?
The Sunday philosophy club by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isabel is fond of problems, and sometimes she becomes interested in problems that are, quite frankly, none of her business. This may be the case when Isabel sees a young man plunge to his death from the upper circle of a concert hall in Edinburgh. Despite the advice of her housekeeper, Grace, who has been raised in the values of traditional Edinburgh, and her niece, Cat, who, if you ask Isabel, is dating the wrong man, Isabel is determined to find the truth - if indeed there is one - behind the man's death. The resulting moral labyrinth might have stymied even Kant. And then there is the unsatisfactory turn of events in Cat's love life that must be attended to
The full cupboard of life by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaborone, Botswana. A wealthy woman hires Precious Ramotswe, head of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, to investigate the sincerity of several potential husbands. Precious resolves not only her client's quandry but also her own fiance's reluctance to marry
The girl who married a lion : and other tales from Africa by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gathered here is a selection of folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana as retold by the best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This treasury contains stories previously collected in Children of War 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 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 fables bring us the wealth, the variety, and the particular magic of traditional African lore."--Jacket
In the company of cheerful ladies by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Precious Ramotswe is now married to Mr J.L. Matekoni. The agency is busy and life is good, until Mma Ramotswe's contentment is interrupted by a close encounter between her tiny white van and a bicycle, and by a spectacular disagreement between Mma Makutsi and one of the apprentices at the garage. This apprentice has found a fancy girlfriend who drives a Mercedes-Benz. How can he be rescued from his folly? And as for Mma Makutsi, she has found a dancing class, and a man who may not be able to dance very well, but who admires her greatly
Blue shoes and happiness by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blue Shoes and Happiness brings more adventures for Precious Ramotswe and her fine assistant Mma Makutsi. They encounter a cobra in the office, complaints of faulty blood-pressure readings at the medical clinic, a superstitious group of farm workers, and it looks like Aunty Emang, advice columnist in the local newspaper, may not be what she seems. And there's trouble brewing in Mma Makutsi's personal life - her greedy uncles are demanding an extra-large bride price from her well-to-do fiancT. Money may be able to buy her that fashionable, but uncomfortable, pair of blue shoes, but it won't buy her the happiness that Mma Ramotswe promises can be found in the simpler things in life - in plenty of bush tea and relaxing Botswana skies
44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. forty-four Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland¬°s most exclusive golf club. There is the pushy Stockbridge mother and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world
The comfort of Saturdays by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isabel Dalhousie is a new mother and a connoisseur of philosophy; she'd rather not be a sleuth. But when a chance conversation draws Isabel into the case of a doctor whose career has been ruined, she cannot ignore what may be a miscarriage of justice. As she attempts to unravel the truth behind Dr Thompson's disgrace, Isabel's patient intelligence is also required to deal with challenges in her own life. There is her baby son Charlie; Cat's deli to look after, not to mention her vulnerable assistant Eddie; and an unlikeable composer who has latched on to Jamie. Isabel treads a difficult path between philanthropy and interference, while keeping in her sights the small comforts of family, philosophy and a fine Saturday morning
The unbearable lightness of scones by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family continues in this fifth instalment, alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursuit of a little happiness. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith has again given us a clever, witty and utterly delightful new novel
La's orchestra saves the world : a novel by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can any of us make a difference to the great events which determine our fate? La doubts it, but when she moves to Suffolk on the eve of the Second World War, she gets her chance to be more than a mere spectator. Her move has taken place in the aftermath of a failed marriage - now she hopes that rural life will offer her the opportunity to recover. A new friend encourages her to form an amateur orchestra, which includes musicians from the village as well as men from the airbase nearby. One of the people she recruits is Feliks, a handsome but enigmatic refugee from Poland, who can play the flute. A nd so a tender friendship begins to blossom
The world according to Bertie : a 44 Scotland Street novel by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The World According To Bertie' is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colourful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness
A farthing will do by Lilian Harry( Recording )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruth Purslow, Lizzie Warren and Heather Knight each have their own reasons for greeting the end of the war with mixed feelings. For the families of Bridge End and April Grove, the "love and laughter" that had been promised turns to bewilderment, anger and disappointment. But although nothing is quite as they had hoped it would be, each is able to move into a future without war, and learn to live with peace
Wishes and dreams by Jeanne Whitmee( Recording )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laura Nightingale's happy home would be perfect if only her parents would support her ambitions to become an actress. Working hard in a hairdresser's, she pays for acting lessons, refusing to give up on e her dreams. With the arrival of war, laura seizes her chance and joins up with ENSA. Meanwhile, her childhood sweetheart, Peter, joins the RAF and is soon reported 'missing believed killed'. Laura is devastated and on the rebound begins a disastrous affair with Max Higham, the director of the troupe she is touring with. When she becomes pregnant, Max rejects her and she has no choice but to leave ENSA. With a heavy heart, she knows that she cannot return home under this cloud of disgrace and so begins a long journey in pursuit of happiness
Morality for beautiful girls by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following on from the success of TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE. Mma Ramotswe, daughter of the late Obed Ramotswe, is now the announced fiancee of Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. It is a fine match; she is the founder and owner of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and he is the proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. But Precious Ramotse is not as happy as she should be under the circumstances. The Detective Agency is struggling with its finances and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is unusually low and neglecting his garage. But with the help of the reliable Mma Makutsi and a few interesting cases, things are sure to get back on course
Espresso tales by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a new career as a wine merchant, while his long-suffering flatmate Pat MacGregor finds herself invited to a nudist picnic in the pursuit of true love. Six-year-old prodigy Bertie Pollock wants a boy's life of fishing and rugby, not yoga and pink dungarees, so he plots rebellion against his bossy, crusading mother Irene and his psychotherapist. But when Bertie's longed-for trip to Glasgow with his ineffectual father ends in shady dealings, it looks like Bertie should have been more careful about what he wished for
Sarah's cottage by D. E Stevenson( Recording )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recently married to Charles, Sarah is furnishing a cottage in Scotland and starting on a life in sharp contrast to their wartime experiences. Their full entrance into village life is helped by Sarah's delightful grandparents, who have given them the land on which they have built their cottage. They work together, collaborating in translations for a publisher. Charles embarks on more ambitious writing, his autobiography, yet increasingly it is not books but life itself that engrosses him and Sarah. In particular Frederica, the daughter of Sarah's frivolous and pleasure-seeking sister, commands their sympathy and love. One by one the characters of a large attractive family make their appearance but it is through Frederica that the nexus of family problems is finally resolved
Tears of the giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The No. 1 Ladies, Detective Agency introduced the world to the one and only precious Ramotswe - the engaging and sassy owner of Botswana's only detective agency.
A song in the air by Anne Douglas( Recording )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shona MacInnes lives on an island farm in Northern Scotland and wants to be a veterinarian. In the post{u2013}World War II era, female vets are rare, and she grudgingly accepts a position with Ross who doesn't believe a woman can be a veterinarian. Although they're always at loggerheads, Ross and Shona begin to suspect they have more in common than just a home on the island
Mixed blessings by Elvi Rhodes( Recording )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venus Stanton, the vicar of Thurston, finds it hard to balance marriage, motherhood and priestly duties
 
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In the company of cheerful ladies
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