The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith
A 44 Scotland Street Novel (5)

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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 5

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.  

Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie.
 
With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters--all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh.


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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 9, 2009 by Anchor. 337 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And six-year-old Bertie Pollock, who begs to join the Cub Scouts so he can escape the suffocating attentions of his controlling mother Irene and his vile little schoolmate Olive, meets crime novelist Ian Rankin in a novel role.

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Fans of bestseller Smith’s two mystery series set in Botswana and Edinburgh will find the same understanding, affectionate look at human frailties and foibles in this sunny series about the a

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Fans of bestseller Smith’s two mystery series set in Botswana and Edinburgh will find the same understanding, affectionate look at human frailties and foibles in this sunny series about the adventures and misadventures of a precocious six-year-old, Bertie Pollock, and a host of other folks in con...

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New York Journal of Books

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One could scarcely choose a better book to ward off a dreary winter's day than this latest installment to the 44 Scotland Street series.

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Book Reporter

This has Matthew, Domenica and Angus in a quandary as to how to handle it, especially when Lard drops dead at Lou’s bar.

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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

An unkind critic, should such be found, might apply the same description to Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street novels.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Writing approximately 1000 words a day, Smith’s Scotland Street series developed and blossomed with 44 Scotland Street, followed by Espresso Tales, Love Over Scotland, The World According to Bertie and now the fifth novel in the series: The Unbearable Lightness of Scones.

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