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Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street 3) [Hardcover]

Alexander McCall Smith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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6 July 2006 44 Scotland Street 3
"Love Over Scotland" is the third in the series and revolves around the many colourful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, most importantly in this novel, the Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; 1st Edition edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904598803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904598800
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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It is McCall Smith's particular genius to be able to look on the brighter side of life, and he's seldom done so more enjoyably (THE SCOTSMAN)

A master storyteller . . . as warm and enjoyable as a very good soap opera (SUNDAY TIMES) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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* The third novel in Alexander McCall Smith's irresistibly charming series about the residents of 44 Scotland Street --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more Edinburgh delight 1 Sep 2006
Professor McCall Smith continues his 44 Scotland Street series with a new novel that finds his cast of quirky but endearing characters embarking on new directions in their lives. Matthew is coming to terms with his new found wealth and trying to find his own way in life - and love. Pat too is finding her way forward although her university course in art history, to say nothing of one of her fellow students, are strangely unsettling. Domenica is away from Scotland doing anthropological research among pirates in Malacca, her flat temporarily occupied by historical novelist Antonia whom artist Angus is trying to help (and impress). Pushy insufferable Irene finds she has bitten off just a little more than she can chew enrolling precocious Bertie into a Teenage Orchestra, while her mild and overawed husband Stuart finds a touch of steel to help out a troubled friend of the gang. And best character of all, gold-toothed, coffee and beer drinking canine Cyril is off on an adventure of his own, although not one he would choose...

As with the rest of McCall Smith,s prolific fictional output, this novel is pure pleasure. If some of the events or characters are a tad unrealistic at times or the novel comes within a hairsbreadth of becoming twee, it simply doesn,t matter. McCall Smith writes with verve, a light touch, and a delightful ironic humor while musing about some real and serious contemporary issues. This is an enjoyable and life-enhancing read. Now, where,s the next episode from Scotland Street...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 24 Oct 2006
I have read a handful of the author's books now, and I find that the more I read, the more I want to read. This is yet another cosy and interesting book by McCall Smith that is testimony to his acute power of observation and wonderful ability to tell a good story.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book !! 11 May 2007
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
If you are a regular Alexander McCall smith fan then suffice it to say that this latest offering is definitely up to scratch.Personally i think it is currently the best in the Scotland Street series of novels and he has certainly put more thought and plot development into this one.

For those of you not familiar with Mr McCall Smith's work then i will say that he is not to everyone's taste.He has a very sweet natured,kind hearted but also very laid back way of looking at life.His novels don't have plot developments at the turn of every page;he takes time to flesh out the characters and brings to the surface their little eccentricities which lets face it we all have and whilst doing so creates a rich tapestry of life which is often funny,amusing,sad and moving but always with that philosophical overview which makes the author who he is.

This book sees the same characters that we have got to know and like but he seems to have them all travelling away from Scotland street and getting ito some quite amusing capers (Bertie's adventures are a real gem !)which is a most wellcome treat.

All in all this is McCall Smith at his very best.This is definitely for his regular readers but those new to the Scotland Street series may like to check out the previous two books in the series before reading this one so that you have a better idea of what the characters are about.

A real laid back treat of a novel - ideal for lazy summer days !
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Another brilliant book in the 44 Scotland Street Series.

Bertie's back with more ingenious ways to divest himself of his suffocating mother, Irene, and trying to avoid playing Captain Von Trapp in the "Sound of Music" (in lederhosen - Irene's design of course). Irene on the other hand is as neurotic and as committed to the "Bertie Plan" and to Dr Fairbairn's theories of pre-adolescent psychology as she has ever been. The good Doctor, on the hand, is still a bit guilty about his last encounter with Wee Fraser.

Pat once again falls in love with an unsuitable lupine character and Matthew invests in a hideous pair of crushed strawberry corduroy trousers (not crushed strawberry dungarees - that's more Bertie's (or rather, Irene's style)) and a "distressed oatmeal" jumper. Cyril's fondness for human ankles and the smell of sun-dried tomatoes continues along with Angus Lordie's devotion to him. Angus himself is missing Domenica who is pirate-hunting in the Antiopdes but has lent her flat to her friend, Antonia, a mid-6th century Scottish saint fancier and novelist. Big Lou and Lard O'Connor shake hands over a business deal and Stuart comes out of his shell a little bit (at least when Irene's not around). The only downside is that ever-preening Bruce is missing from the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Friendly Kidding Satire of Modern Pretensions 26 Dec 2007
Everyone with a little power seems to have an exaggerated opinion of himself or herself in Edinburgh. But it must be true elsewhere: Love Over Scotland employs such a kindly look at such pretensions that I was able to see myself quite clearly in some of the satirized characters. It's good for the soul to read this book.

If you haven't read the earlier books in the series (44 Scotland Street and Espresso Tales), I recommend you do so before beginning Love Over Scotland.

Academic pretensions are laid out for all to see in Domenica Macdonald's research into the family life of today's Asian pirates. Parental pretensions continue to be best displayed by Bertie's mother, Irene Pollock. Pretensions in love are characterized by Pat who leans towards a romance with fellow art student, Wolf. Angus Lordie's pretensions as a sophisticated man and devoted dog lover are also exposed. Psychotherapists' pretensions continue to be displayed by the muddle-headed Dr. Fairbairn. Writers' pretensions are explored with a new character, Antonia Collie.

The foils for these pretenders are very sympathetic: Bertie is at his independent best; Matthew's money doesn't go to his head as he continues to treasure Pat; and Big Lou shows that loving others isn't always rewarded in the right way. I'm sure you'll identify with them and cheer them on as they fight off the effects of the pretenders.

I liked this story the best of the three. Alexander McCall Smith seems to have let his humor run wild more than in the earlier books. As a result, each little segment is a romp worthy of consideration separately from the rest. I imagined I could hear him laughing as I finished several sections.

The introduction of more themes about love is also an improvement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable continuation of this series.
The stories of these well-loved characters continue in this book. The characters certainly develop more in this book than perhaps I remember from the first two books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. H. Griffiths
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Over Scotland
This has not arrived on my Kindle and so I do not wish to be charged fot it. Will I?
Published 3 months ago by Les Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great gift
My wife enjoyed this book by Alexander McCall Smith also. I have always found his books to make great gifts, his writing is very gentle but full of profound insights to real people
Published 4 months ago by S Scotson
3.0 out of 5 stars love over Scotland brief review
A lovely book which keeps me turning the pages, the characters are all great and their gentle adventures are fascinating. Read more
Published 5 months ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
I Love this Authors Books they keep me glued, just cant put the book down, looking forward to reading the next one in the series
Published 5 months ago by Chas64
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite authors
I love this series of books about Scotland Street and already had the first two volumes which were given as presents. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eleanor Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 of a long series. Great for those who like this sort of thing!
This is an author who provokes strong reactions, I have a friend who has tried to read several of his different series, and can't bear them, but most people do seem to love them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic!
I really enjoyed this book from AMS, it all seems so REAL, things I can identify with. An excellent read.
Published 7 months ago by Joyce Symington
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical AMS
Enjoy all his books although I missed some of the characters I have been intrigued by in some previous ones...quick read not requiring too much energy...great for a journey
Published 7 months ago by pat j
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a few more books to go in the 44 Scotland Street series.
I love the on going stories of all the characters. It beautifully illustrates the every day simple life that so many people live.
Published 8 months ago by M B PAYNE
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