44 Scotland Street

Kobo ebook | May 21, 2010

byAlexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh

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Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings all the warmth of his extraordinary No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books and the Sunday Philosophy Club series to this witty novel chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Originally serialized in The Scotsman, 44 Scotland Street is an international sensation.

When twenty-year-old Pat rents a room from handsome and cocky Bruce, she inherits some delightfully colourful neighbours: Domenica, an insightful and eccentric widow; Bertie, a five-year-old who’s mastered both saxophone and Italian; and Irene, his overbearing mother. Pat’s new job at a gallery seems easy enough. Her boss spends most of his time drinking coffee in a local café and discussing matters great and small, and Pat’s duties are light. That is until she realizes that one of their paintings may be an undiscovered work of a renowned Scottish artist and she discovers that one of their customers may be in on the secret. Add to this a fancy ball, love triangles and an encounter with a famous crime writer, and you have Alexander McCall Smith’s entertaining and humorous portrait of Edinburgh society.

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Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings all the warmth of his extraordinary No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books and the Sunday Philosophy Club series to this witty novel chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Originally serialized in The Scotsman, 44 Scotland Street is an international sens...

Alexander McCall Smith was born on August 24, 1948 in Zimbabwe. He was a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, but he left in 2005 to focus on this writing. He has written over 60 books, including specialist academic titles including Forensic Aspects of Sleep and The Criminal Law of Botswana, short story collections ...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 21, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030737033X

ISBN - 13:9780307370334

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bertie is the best character ever This is the first book in the Scotland Street series, which becomes more and more about Bertie, the best character ever! Alexander McCall Smith does not disappoint in this series with some truly fabulous characters and storylines.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Because I enjoy Alexander McCall Smith's writing so much I have decided to begin reading another series. And I was not disappointed. The characters are great, and I can almost say that I know a real-life person for every character he describes. Can't wait to move on to the next installment.
Date published: 2010-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great Pat is accepted as a new tenant at 44 Scotland Street. Her flatmate is Bruce, a narcissistic athlete. Bruce thinks it is his due to have women fawning all over him. Pat seems to fall straight into his clutches. Bruce is continually looking in mirrors. Bruce just made me want to vomit. Also at 44 Scotland Street is the very pushy Irene and her precocious 5 year son Bertie. Bertie plays the saxophone and is learning Italian and of course can do no wrong. However he gets suspended from Nursery school for writing graffiti in Italian. It is the fault of the teacher according to Irene. Irene then takes him to a therapist where she seems to do most of the talking. Bertie just wants to be a normal little boy. Also at 44 Scotland Street is Domenica MacDonald a mysterious intellectual who observes the comings and goings of the inhabitants of the house. Pat takes a job at an art gallery owned by Matthew. Matthew is a failure. His father keeps buying him places to work in but Matthew gets bored very easily and can not make any decisions. Matthew is very kind and nice. I found this book to be like other of McCall Smith's books . He explores differing personality traits and packages them up in nice entertaining vignettes. The characters are rogues, oddballs and naive people. I especially liked the inclusion of Ian Rankin.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For lovers of Edinburgh, and Alexander McCall Smith I was at my local Scottish pub and finished off this collection of serialisations while I enjoyed a Guinness. I liked this collection, but because of the format, I think, sometimes I felt a bit...exasperated. There was a good conclusion, though, and I do think those who know Alexander's previous works will enjoy it much more than someone reading him for the first time. See below for my recommendations.
Date published: 2007-10-10