44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 1

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  

Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him to learn the saxophone and italian–all at the tender age of five.

Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.




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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 6, 2005 by Anchor. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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This glum trio balances the Todds (owners of the surveying firm where Bruce blithely toils): morose Gordon, his buttoned-up brother Raeburn and the latter’s annoyingly bubbly wife Sasha, who aims to pair up their manless daughter Lizzie with the dashing Bruce.

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This time out, he focuses mostly on the irrepressible Bertie Pollock, a precocious six-year-old whose mummy, Irene, forces him to play a saxophone, converse in Italian, do yoga and see Dr. Hugo Fairbairn, a psychotherapist who looks a lot like Bertie's baby brother, Ulysses.

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With the arrival of the sixth novel (after Bertie Plays the Blues) in his 44 Scotland Street series, McCall Smith again shows his mastery of light comedy.

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Examiner

He isn't the author of a book series, he is the author of at least four series of books, in addition to multiple other novels, story collections, and children's books.

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For the reader, there are laugh out loud moments, as well as moments of regret and disdain for actions and situations.What further provides amusement and enjoyment to this series, and particularly this title, is the background that envelopes the books.

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Book Reporter

Six-year-old child prodigy Bertie introduces us to new insights on the residents of his townhouse condominium at 44 Scotland Street.

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Book Reporter

Bertie Pollack is the precocious six-year-old son of Irene, who, if she were American, might be called a “helicopter mom” for her constant hovering over Bertie’s every move.

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Book Reporter

McCall Smith clearly loves the extraordinary city and its slightly stuffy denizens, but you don't need a guidebook or a Scotts burr to enjoy his wry social comments and endearing characters.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Back we go to 44 Scotland Street - this is a fun one, with plenty of humour and for fans of Bertie, he's in it a lot!

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The Bookbag

I think to fully appreciate the stories you need to come to this book having read the others, so the characters are familiar friends already, otherwise you'd be a little lost with regards to past references.

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The Bookbag

if you aren't actually devout and are a slightly less fevered reader of McCall Smith's work (and honestly, I doubt you would be reading this anyway if you loved this series – these books seem to be devoured, fanatically, as soon as they appear in print), I would suggest you might like to read thi...

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Scotsman.com

Some of these are indeed becoming harder to find around us, notes Dr McGregor, who laments people's increasing inability to converse in whole sentences, or remain polite either while behind the wheel of a car or while expressing disagreement with someone's opinion on the internet.

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Scotsman.com

Despite those last two examples, in moral terms at least, women are so clearly the stronger sex in this - as indeed all - of McCall Smith’s fiction.

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