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Alexander McCall Smith
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18 July 2013 44 Scotland Street (Book 8)
Scotland Street witnesses the wedding of the century of Angus Lordie to Domenica Macdonald, but as the newlyweds depart on honeymoon Edinburgh is in disarray. Recovering from the trauma of being best man, Matthew is taken up by a Dane called Bo, while Cyril eludes his dog-sitter and embarks on an odyssey involving fox-holes and the official residence of a cardinal. Narcissist Bruce meets his match in the form of a sinister doppelganger; Bertie, set up by his mother for fresh embarrassment at school, yearns for freedom; and Big Lou goes viral. But the residents of Scotland Street rally, and order - and Cyril - is restored by the combined effects of understanding, kindness, and, most of all, friendship.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349139164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349139166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,107 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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A joyous, charming portrait of city life and human foibles (Sunday Express, Praise for the 44 Scotland Street series)

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The charming and entertaining new 44 Scotland Street novel from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, informative, imaginative and charming 5 Aug 2012
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I've read all the books in this series and have really enjoyed meeting again this diverse band of Edinburgh folk. I'm pleased to say that in this further installment McCall Smith has managed to maintain his high standard of story-telling weaving the different lives together in a series of short chapters often ending a gentle cliff-hanger keeping one eager to read on. I suspect that those of us who know Edinburgh and recognize some of the real people and shops incorporated into the fictional account get added enjoyment.

The book opens with preparations for Angus and Domenica's wedding causing anxiety for Mathew as best man. As usual the troubles are resolved and the reader is left content that all is well. Little Bertie remains aged 6 years old hoping to be seven as the other characters move on in real time. His perceptions of the world and his hopes to be free of his domineering mother remain one of the engaging themes of the series. His mother, Irene, continues to provide an amusing source of satire over her obession with psycho-analysis and her strident feminism endured stoically by her husband Stuart. Bruce, the narcissistic surveyor is back in Edinburgh and gets involved entertaining adventure with a new neighbour.

The charm of these books is that they are an escape from the real world of debt, troubled relationships and the sheer grind of surviving that many people endure and take the reader into the world of privileged Edinburgh society with their little ups and downs of life. Along the way the author amuses, informs and subtly makes one think about philosophical issues in a natural manner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine on Scotland Street 26 Aug 2012
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Alexander McCall Smith writes again. This novel is full of beautifully drawn characters who have a life of their own. One can see them and hear the way they speak. They are so real that, for example, one's blood pressure rises on reading about Irene's treatment of that poor little boy, Bertie. One feels as if the characters were old friends whom One would recognise in the street. This is a relaxed and dreamy book, with a few surprises on the way to a believable but not quite tidy ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest and was quite cross when I had finished it. Another, please, and quickly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Filtered sunshine - 3+ 31 Aug 2012
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This series is a great favorite of mine and I look forward to every new book; but somehow this episode seemed to be more like treading of water than moving the storyline and its great group of characters forward. There are some funny moments for sure; and the usual cast is all on board, with much of the action in "Sunshine..." focusing on the estimable canine, Cyril. That paragon of loyalty and stoicism finds himself afloat in Edinburgh as his master Angus Lordie and his new bride Domenica are out of the country on their honeymoon. Also included are Bertie Pollock and his mismatched parents; Matthew and Elspeth well-matched parents of triplets; Big Lou, still looking for an appropriate SO; Pat MacGregor, filling in at the coffeebar; and Bruce Anderson, feckless as ever, but in cahoots with his gay doppelganger.

So what's missing? Hard to say exactly, but for me, the story lacked the forward movement already mentioned, but also a certain characteristic edginess and bite in its humor. This has been supplied in the past by the Pollock family, but those dynamics didn't raise much dust this time around. Beyond that, the usually funny musings of the cast of characters about the meaning of life, etc. just weren't as interesting. And also in this general context, the disagreeable Bruce who often serves as a badly behaving straw man in line for comeuppance, gets involved in a just plain weird situation that doesn't make a lot of sense.

I might have read this at an off personal moment, and I'm certainly not giving up on the series. Just saying.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Joyous Instalment 2 Aug 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This delightful book takes the development of the Scotland Street characters further along the road. Written with Alexander McCall Smith's astute observations of life and personal relationships, the book is a feast of wit, humour and entertainment narrated with snappy dialogue and flowing prose. Domenica and Angus are about to be married. Angus's best man Matthew is horrified at how disorganised Angus is. He has a large hole in his Campbell tartan kilt, has forgotten to buy a wedding ring and has not booked the surprise honeymoon he promised his bride to be.
Domenica's bridesmaid is Big Lou desperately trying to make her presentable. They discuss aging and its effects quite openly. "Two auld hens together", says Big Lou. Fortunately, Matthew and Big Lou somehow get their acts together in time. Big Lou is still looking for love (or a man!),having been disappointed with her lot over the years. She is a rough diamond and continues to speak her mind in or out of her cafe and has a few surprises awaiting her.

Irene remains insufferable with her restrictive forthright opinions and obsession with Melanie Klein and yoga. Stuart is shackled by this and the children, mortgage and insurance payments. Ulysses continues to scream or be sick whenever Irene picks him up.Brother Bertie, still stuck on the age of 6 is captivating and lovable. His innocence and freshness enable him to ask direct questions to all and sundry without fear of embarrassment including making comments regarding Ulysses's resemblance to his previous psychotherapist, (making Stuart think!). He is still having psychotherapy, loves the cubs (paramilitary-Irene),fishing (cruel), rugby (barbaric) and dogs (dirty). He yearns for the freedom his schoolmates have and still hates being made to learn Italian.
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Published 8 days ago by J M BATE
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Little Bertie just needs a break. His dad should buy him a Swiss army knife.
Published 16 days ago by charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Another enjoyable trip to Scotland Street. What will happen to Bertie next? Alexander McCall Smith please keep up the series.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars scotland street
even more enjoyable if u were raised in edinburgh - the characters are spot on - i particularly like angus' dog with the gold tooth
Published 1 month ago by ea cairney
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts to engage with
The thing I love about AMcC Smith is the way he allows his characters to ponder on life's experiences and one rarely finds another individual who can do this without causing an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Molly Moynan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these people!
I can't get enough of the residents of Scotland street so of course I loved this.
Just as good as if not better than all the others, full of quirky little jokes and allusions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jackie cardy
4.0 out of 5 stars More from Scotland Street
I've enjoyed the characters in this series: pen portraits of truly modern characters well crafted into gentle stories. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fayrestowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from the prolific Mr McCall Smith
Love all of McCall Smith's books, can't really find anything to criticise! Another tale of dear Bertie and the denizens of Scotland Street, and enjoyable as usual. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ebook Proofreader
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read
I can recommend the whole series. the characters are engaging and there are enough unpleasant ones to add the necessary spice to the story.
Published 3 months ago by Jill Stanfield
4.0 out of 5 stars no problems
It arrived promptly and the qualitywas as described,it waswell packed and an enjoyable read i would reccomend it to others.
Published 4 months ago by p w Harries
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