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- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Jun. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ699K
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Top Customer Reviews
Sandy McCall Smith although best known for his 1st Ladies Dective Agency series, always hits the spot with 44 Scotland Street.
If you live in Edinburgh, you will recognise many of the places and probably some of the characters.
For those who don't know is that the books are first serialised in the "Scotsman Newspaper" similar to Dickens and The Times and then collated into an exellent volumes, amply illustrated by Iain McIntosh.
Roll on the next volume,if you have not read any of the earlier volumes go and buy them, pull up a comfy chair, some single malt and lose yourself to some quality plots,then when you have read them, go out and buy the Isobel Dalhousie trilogy, you will thank me for telling you
You will enjoy this wherever you come from, but if you have ever lived in or known Edinburgh well (I grew up there) this is a delightful bonus and makes it all the more entertaining and amusing, it captures the 'essence' of Edinburgh life superbly well,and in a gently amusing way.
I would highly recommend this book for its' ability to portray characters and its' pure entertainment value, we all need a bit of light relief these days, and this book certainly gives us that!
Great story-telling - very amusing, occasionally acerbic but never unkind. A good, uplifting read. How does he do it?
But all in all, this is a delightful read - I think this is my most favourite series of books by Alexander McCall Smith - and hopefully he will keep on with this series!
There's no doubt about it, Bertie Pollock makes this series work. He is the young (perpetually six so far), and blameless, example of what we all aspire to be . . . honest, fair, serious, humble, and considerate. Bertie has a problem (and we have a source of humor) in Bertie's mum, Irene, who wishes to make Bertie into a PC version of what a 21st century boy should be . . . despite Bertie's preferences and instincts to the contrary. As a result, Bertie's bedroom is painted pink, his mother encourages him to play with girls rather than boys, he takes Italian, saxophone, and yoga lessons, and he sees a psychotherapist. Irene also organizes his life . . . over much.
In this book, Irene decides that she wants to encourage Bertie to play with Olive, his nemesis at school. The consequences reverberate throughout the book.
In addition, Bertie's little brother, Ulysses, is someone Irene wants Bertie to have a close relationships with. Bertie finds an unexpected surprise while changing Ulysses' diapers that reveal fundamental flaws in his parents.
Bertie also has questions about the birds and the bees . . . but not the ones you expect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bertie is an excellent character and to see the world through his eyes is a great device for making these gentle stories freshPublished 4 days ago by Branwen Patagonia
Bertie is a delight. The characters are warmly drawn, fully human, idiosyncratic and wholly believable. I would like to move in with them!Published 2 months ago by Ruth J.
McCall Smith delights and amuses, and writes apparently with immense ease, but then surprises with sensitive feeling for the characters he has created (some of them certainly) and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Guardian reader in Haslemere
So glad I found this series. These are light hearted books about the everyday, they remain engaging and interesting because the author has created great characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Millar
Alexander McCall Smith is a writer of distinction who carries the reader along with the characters in his stories.Published 9 months ago by Verity