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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748137556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748137558
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful 'No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers through the world. These include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series, and the Corduroy Mansions series, novels which started life as a delightful (but challenging to write) cross-media serial, written on the website of the Telegraph Media Group. This series won two major cross-media awards - Association of Online Publishers Digital Publishing Award 2009 for a Cross Media Project and the New Media Age award.

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.

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A joyous, charming portrait of city life and human foibles (Sunday Express, Praise for the 44 Scotland Street series) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The charming and entertaining new 44 Scotland Street novel from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2012
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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 By Sarah-Jane Verity on 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2012
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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 By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2012
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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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