For an author to entertain and instruct with such effortless simplicity is one thing, but to achieve this effect upon readers is remarkable. I can think of no author save Dickens who has achieved it, and no author now writing currently more deserving of an enormous audience (New Statesman
)Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers
lets us immediately relax, secure in the knowledge that we are in a safe pair of hands as McCall Smith is an engaging and a witty guide to the goings on (and comings off) at fictional 44 Scotland Street (Sunday Express
In the tenth anniversary year of his beloved series, Alexander McCall Smith returns with more delightful adventures from the charming eccentrics who reside in Scotland Street.