The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

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First edition (publ. Little, Brown)

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party is a 2011 novel by Alexander McCall Smith and the twelfth installment in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.[1]


Precious Ramotswe is taunted by a dream in which she is driving her old white van. Later, Ramotswe discovers that her van is running again, and sets out to retrieve it. Meanwhile, Charlie has gotten a girl pregnant with twin boys and feeling guilty, runs away. The newly qualified junior mechanic, Fanwell, is arrested for fixing a stolen automobile. Ramotswe investigates a case of rural jealousy in which cattle are being injured. Violet Sephotho runs for Botswana Parliament which is Botswana's worst nightmare.


  1. ^ "Best on the shelf: Fiction". Vancouver Sun. April 30, 2011.