- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (1 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349119708
- ISBN-13: 978-0349119700
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Espresso Tales: The Latest from 44 Scotland Street Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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In addition to these series, Alexander writes stand-alone books. 2014 sees publication of three new novels which fall into this area: 'The Forever Girl'; 'Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party'; and 'Emma' - a reworking of the classic Jane Austen novel. This year there will also be a stunning book on Edinburgh, 'A Work of Beauty: Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh'. Earlier stand alone novels include 'La's Orchestra Saves the World' and 'Trains and Lovers: A Hearts Journey'.
Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America. In March of 2011 he received an award from the President of Botswana for his services through literature to that country.
Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.
It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging...(his) novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling (Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday)
A treasure of a writer whose books deserve immediate devouring (Marcel Berlins, Guardian)
As warm as cocoa, as cosy as thermal underwear, and just what the doctor ordered for the cold winter evenings (THE TIMES)
The second in the series of Alexander McCall Smith's daily novel about the residents of 44 Scotland StreetSee all Product Description
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Get back in touch with old friends from 44 Scotland Street. There's Pat, the young 20-something soon-to-be student... should she go to the nudist party at Moray Place? She's still working in the Art Gallery for Matthew & it's now turning a profit... can Matthew find some confidence? The erstwhile narcissistic Bruce had decided upon the wine trade as his latest venture, having recently been fired from his career as a chartered surveyor... of course, it doesn't bother him in the slightest that he knows nothing at all about wine! Pat's neighbour and friend Domenica is still there with her insightful comments upon humankind. So too, Angus & his faithful friend, Cyril. But more to the point, this book focuses most of all upon little Bertie (now 6) and his insufferably pushy mother, Irene. Can Stuart stand up to Irene and let Bertie be a little boy? Bertie is finding his way, having just started school, he is now tentatively trying to make friends & "fit in". But this is difficult for Bertie with his pink dungarees, his pink bedroom, his yoga classes, and Italian lessons, the sessions with the psychotherapist & his Grade 7 saxophone. Bertie wants to love mummy all the time... but is finding it very difficult...Read more ›
The best bit of the book is in the preface - where he notes that he has decided to write a third volume!
Finally - if you are enjoying this series of books you might also enjoy the E.F.Benson 'Lucia' series of books which are equally as humorous and engaging, and have a similar charm.
I know I said I would try to wait to read Alexander McCall Smith's Espresso Tales until a trip to Edinburgh was on the horizon. But with a new job and no holiday time in sight, as well as a fairly depleted bank balance, I decided to take the plunge.
To give the author his due, when I saw the novel sitting in WH Smith, I really couldn't resist buying it. I've compared McCall Smith to J.K. Rowling previously, and the way I felt when I saw Espresso Tales can only be related to the way I feel when I catch sight of the new Harry Potter on the shelves--I felt like I was getting my friends back (yup, pretty pathetic).
Anyway, it was great to see what Pat, Bruce and the gang from 44 Scotland Street were up to. As well as the old favourites, McCall Smith introduced some new characters--namely a nudist love interest for Pat, and a Glasgow con artist whom child prodigy Bertie beats at cards.
Although I enjoyed the book and will undoubtedly read the third (and most likely last, according to McCall Smith) installment to The Scotsman serialisation, I felt that the novel was missing something. The plot antics seemed too desperate and exaggerated, and there were some characters (i.e. Ramsey Dunbarton) I could've done without knowing more about.
Nonetheless, there were parts of the book that were absolutely laugh-out-loud funny, and the characterisation was, as always, flawless. Sitting on the Tube in the baking heat, there really is no better place than 44 Scotland Street.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love catching up with all the characters in Scotland Street and seeing how they move on with their lives, and hope things improve for poor Bertie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Biffy Dunderdale
I love the way these books meander along and hold one's interest for all that. Especially I can go straight onto the next one in the series. Thank you.Published 5 months ago by Aileen Webber
As good as the other books in this series. I've read four previously.Published 8 months ago by colin
Very enjoyable would recommend to fans of the 44 Scotland seriesPublished 10 months ago by J. Pettifer