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Alexander McCall Smith
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30 July 2007 Isabel Dalhousie Novels (Book 3)

The key to contentment in the Scottish climate is the right attitude to rain - just as in life the key to happiness lies in making the best of what you have.

Bruised in love by her faithless Irish husband, Isabel Dalhousie is a connoisseur of intimate moral issues: she edits a philosophical journal and spends a great deal of her time considering how to improve the lives of those around her. There is her housekeeper Grace, whose future she must secure; her niece Cat, who is embarking on a new relationship with a dubious workaholic mummy's boy; and even an American couple newly arrived in Edinburgh on a tour. And then there is Jamie, Cat's ex-boyfriend, a handsome, gifted musician fourteen years Isabel's junior, with whom she is slowly and hopelessly falling in love.

Intensely thoughtful and consistently entertaining, THE RIGHT ATTITUDE TO RAIN is shot through with compassion and unassuming intelligence.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (30 July 2007)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0349118051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349118055
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,791 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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** 'Delightful ... McCall Smith is a writer who celebrates kindness, in short supply in the world today (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

** 'Isabel is an appealing character, always trying to work out the right thing to do, and McCall Smith presents her with a series of dilemmas. One is personal, the ethics of beginning an affair with a younger man who used to be her niece's boyfriend, and (SUNDAY TIMES)

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* The third in the Sunday Philosophy Club series, starring amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb. 6 out of 5. 7 Aug 2007
By Sue at home VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The first time EVER I have written a review before finishing a book...

I absolutely love this series. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is superb but Elizabeth Dalhousie is beyond superb. I find it incredibly difficult to explain what it is about this series I like so much. I have lent The Sunday Philosphy Club to a couple of friends but they have been singularly unimpressed. 'OK' was about the level of their total enthusiasm.

Well... nothing much really happens. I am not going to attempt to write a synopsis of the plot here (why do reviewers do that when I just want to know what they thought?).The plot isn't exactly what you would descibe as 'gritty' but this book was certainly page turning for me. How Alexander McCall Smith descibes another persons life and thought in such minute detail and makes it so fascinating is a mystery to me. It almost feels like voyeurism.

If you are an intelligent, thoughtful person who likes to give careful consideration to the routine incidents of daily life and keep many of your personal thoughts innermost, then give her a go. You may be surprised to find you are not alone.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Examined Life Examined 25 Jan 2007
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Once upon a time philosophers dealt with practical questions of ethics: When is it appropriate to lie? When can you take another life? When may you be silent while another makes a mistake? Alexander McCall Smith returns us to those musings, dressed up in the clothing of a divorced woman, Isabel Dalhousie, dealing with her personal life and her profession as the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. For those who like some intellectual depth with their stories, this series will be most rewarding. For those who want big laughs and ironies that make you instantly smile, go back to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

This is the third book in the series. In the prior books, Isabel shows herself to be a woman who likes to take her time to examine her behavior . . . before acting . . . and usually kicks herself when she doesn't let her intellect lead her. While being concerned about her niece, Cat, Isabel mostly is disappointed that Cat has rejected the handsome and worthy Jamie for a series of less good marital candidates. But Isabel has taken solace in keeping Jamie for a friend, while Jamie pines for the uninterested Cat.

When it rains, is that a blessing . . . or bad luck? In Scotland where it usually rains, you'd better take the former attitude. That's the theme of this story: How should you handle the unexpected?

The story moves forward on a number of fronts: Isabel develops an interest in an odd couple of Americans who turn out to be friends of her cousin; Cat has a new man in her life; Isabel and Jamie seem to drift closer together than either expected; Isabel helps Cat find some new help; and Isabel sets out to buy a home for Grace, her housekeeper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little story 9 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
I adored the previous Isobel Dalhousie books, and could not wait to get my hands on this one as I was anicipating some fireworks in the on-going romances of the niece, not to mention lots of words of wisdom from the strong-minded housekeeper. I feel it turned out to be a 'nice story', easy to read but equally easy to put down, unlike the previous ones. Would prefer a little more mystery to add some excitement and a little less of the soppy romantic side, which although gentle and pleasant, did go on a bit. Aside from that, Cat could do with a good shaking, her choice of boyfriends is lousy, surely there is a good looking but honest young man of the right age somewhere in Edinburgh !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comfortable book to read at bedtime 25 July 2008
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started with book 4 of the series and then read 1, 2 and this one (no 3). I'm hooked and will have to order number 5! These books are perfect for bed-time reading. You enter the gentle world of genteel Edinburgh following life's up and downs of a nice forty-something woman (Isabel Dalhousie). She has inherited wealth and has a part-time job as an editor of a philosophy journal so has time to ponder the world around her and be a bit of an amateur detective. It's all very engaging and charming and doesn't keep you awake at night. I think these books will have a particular appeal to those of us who are familiar with the parts of Edinburgh and Scottish Borders in which these books are set.
It would be best to read the books in chronological order as there is an evolving story in Isabel's personal life that unfolds over the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Examined Life Examined 22 Sep 2007
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Once upon a time philosophers dealt with practical questions of ethics: When is it appropriate to lie? When can you take another life? When may you be silent while another makes a mistake? Alexander McCall Smith returns us to those musings, dressed up in the clothing of a divorced woman, Isabel Dalhousie, dealing with her personal life and her profession as the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. For those who like some intellectual depth with their stories, this series will be most rewarding. For those who want big laughs and ironies that make you instantly smile, go back to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

This is the third book in the series. In the prior books, Isabel shows herself to be a woman who likes to take her time to examine her behavior . . . before acting . . . and usually kicks herself when she doesn't let her intellect lead her. While being concerned about her niece, Cat, Isabel mostly is disappointed that Cat has rejected the handsome and worthy Jamie for a series of less good marital candidates. But Isabel has taken solace in keeping Jamie for a friend, while Jamie pines for the uninterested Cat.

When it rains, is that a blessing . . . or bad luck? In Scotland where it usually rains, you'd better take the former attitude. That's the theme of this story: How should you handle the unexpected?

The story moves forward on a number of fronts: Isabel develops an interest in an odd couple of Americans who turn out to be friends of her cousin; Cat has a new man in her life; Isabel and Jamie seem to drift closer together than either expected; Isabel helps Cat find some new help; and Isabel sets out to buy a home for Grace, her housekeeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A lovely read as always.
Published 2 days ago by Annie Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant McCall Smith
Another great yarn about wonderful Isabel Dalhousie and lovely Edinburgh. Makes me want to visit the super city once again.
Published 3 months ago by pammyc
5.0 out of 5 stars The right attitude to Rain
Another gripping and funny episode in the lives of Dear Isabele, Jamie, Cat, Eddie and assorted regulars, not forgetting Bro Fox. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pyogenes Gruffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A very enjoyable read. Everything that I have read from Alexander Mcall Smith is always enjoyable. I would recommend him to all my friends
Published 6 months ago by M B PAYNE
4.0 out of 5 stars The Right Attitude to this book!
Easy to read book and quite enjoyable. The first book I have read by this author but will go on to read the Detective Agencies!
Published 6 months ago by trisha
4.0 out of 5 stars easy reading
A good way to relax - a sort of Sunday afternoon book. No big surprises and the moral philosophy is not challenging, but definitely a stress - beater
Published 10 months ago by Partimereader
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read
Easy to read, well written, pleasant story but not as good as some of his other books in the same series or as entertaining as The Scotland Street series..
Published 11 months ago by wheelaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the other two books in the series
I am not exactly sure what kind of ficitio this series is. It is not quite a detective series and not quite ordinary everyday life. A bit different from the usual run of the mill.
Published 12 months ago by Christina DK
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right atttitude to Rain (Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
Bought it as a present, but I don't know what the recipients reaction is. I am sure she is happy as it was she who asked me to order it.
Published 13 months ago by Geraldo
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
wife loves this author and all his books and has yet to tell me of a duff read or boring story
Published 14 months ago by Mr. M. R. Rix
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