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The Importance of Being Seven (44 Scotland Street series, Book No. 6) Paperback – 2 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349123160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349123165
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Praise for the 44 Scotland Street Series:
"Life in Scotland Street is a more pleasant, leisurely business than it is for most of the rest of us. . . . There's plenty of time for idle thoughts, occasional shafts of wit and gentle dissections of absurdity--sometimes all at the same time." --"The Scotsman"
"It is that all-prevailing pleasantness, the unfaltering optimism and the gentle pace of life that holds the key to McCall Smith's success." --"Independent Magazine"
"Sweet. . . . Graceful. . . . Wonderful. . . . Gentle but powerfully addicting fiction."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"[McCall Smith] is a pro, and he delivers sharp observation, gentle satire . . . as well as the expected romantic complications. . . . [Readers will] relish McCall Smith's depiction of this place . . . and enjoy his tolerant, good-humored company." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Alexander McCall Smith . . . proves himself a wry but gentle chronicler of humanity and its foibles." --"The Miami Herald"
"McCall Smith's plots offer wit, charm and intrigue in equal doses." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Just about perfect. . . . Contains a healthy helping of McCall Smith's patented charm." --"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

"McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Entertaining and witty. . . . A sly send-up of society in Edinburgh." --"Orlando Sentinel"
"McCall Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones." --"The Dallas Morning News"
"Alexander McCall Smith is the most genial of writers and the most gentle of satirists. . . . [The] characters are great fun . . . [and] McCall Smith treats all of them with affection." --"Rocky Mountain News"
"Irresistible. . . . Smith has r


"Fans of the series (which McCall Smith conducts in daily installments in "The Scotsman "before book publication) will rejoice at hearing again some of the familiar treads on the fashionable tenement's stairs. . . . By following an assemblage of characters on and near 44 Scotland Street, McCall Smith manages sidesplitting send-ups of contemporary pretentiousness and wry and often poignant commentary on the roles of chance, cruelty, and fate in our lives. . . . Delightful."
--"Booklist "(starred review)
"Life in Scotland Street is a more pleasant, leisurely business than it is for most of the rest of us. . . . There's plenty of time for idle thoughts, occasional shafts of wit and gentle dissections of absurdity--sometimes all at the same time." --"The Scotsman"
"It is that all-prevailing pleasantness, the unfaltering optimism and the gentle pace of life that holds the key to McCall Smith's success." --"Independent Magazine"
"Sweet. . . . Graceful. . . . Wonderful. . . . Gentle but powerfully addicting fiction."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"[McCall Smith] is a pro, and he delivers sharp observation, gentle satire . . . as well as the expected romantic complications. . . . [Readers will] relish McCall Smith's depiction of this place . . . and enjoy his tolerant, good-humored company." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Alexander McCall Smith . . . proves himself a wry but gentle chronicler of humanity and its foibles." --"The Miami Herald"
"McCall Smith's plots offer wit, charm and intrigue in equal doses." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
"Just about perfect. . . . Contains a healthy helping of McCall Smith's patented charm." --"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

"McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Entertaining and witty. . . . A sly send-up of society in Edinburgh." --"Orlando Sentinel"
"McCall Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones." --"The Dallas Morning News"
"Alexander McCall Smith is the most genial of writers and the most gentle of satirists. . . . [The] characters are great fun . . . [and] McCall Smith treats all of them with affection." --"Rocky Mountain News"
"Irresistible. . . . Smith has rendered another winner, packed with the charming characters, piercing perceptions and shrewd yet generous humor that have become his cachet."
--"Chicago Sun-Times"


Fans of the series (which McCall Smith conducts in daily installments in "The Scotsman "before book publication) will rejoice at hearing again some of the familiar treads on the fashionable tenement s stairs. . . . By following an assemblage of characters on and near 44 Scotland Street, McCall Smith manages sidesplitting send-ups of contemporary pretentiousness and wry and often poignant commentary on the roles of chance, cruelty, and fate in our lives. . . . Delightful.
"Booklist "(starred review)
Life in Scotland Street is a more pleasant, leisurely business than it is for most of the rest of us. . . . There s plenty of time for idle thoughts, occasional shafts of wit and gentle dissections of absurdity sometimes all at the same time. "The Scotsman"
It is that all-prevailing pleasantness, the unfaltering optimism and the gentle pace of life that holds the key toMcCall Smith s success. "Independent Magazine"
Sweet. . . . Graceful. . . . Wonderful. . . . Gentle but powerfully addicting fiction. "Entertainment Weekly"
[McCall Smith] is a pro, and he delivers sharp observation, gentle satire . . . as well as the expected romantic complications. . . . [Readers will] relish McCall Smith s depiction of this place . . . and enjoy his tolerant, good-humored company. "The New York Times Book Review"
Alexander McCall Smith . . . proves himself a wry but gentle chronicler of humanity and its foibles. "The Miami Herald"
McCall Smith s plots offer wit, charm and intrigue in equal doses. "Richmond Times-Dispatch"
Just about perfect. . . . Contains a healthy helping of McCall Smith s patented charm. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

McCall Smith s assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless. "San Francisco Chronicle"
Entertaining and witty. . . . A sly send-up of society in Edinburgh. "Orlando Sentinel"
McCall Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones. "The Dallas Morning News"
Alexander McCall Smith is the most genial of writers and the most gentle of satirists. . . . [The] characters are great fun . . . [and] McCall Smith treats all of them with affection. "Rocky Mountain News"
Irresistible. . . . Smith has rendered another winner, packed with the charming characters, piercing perceptions and shrewd yet generous humor that have become his cachet.
"Chicago Sun-Times""


Fans of the series (which McCall Smith conducts in daily installments in The Scotsman before book publication) will rejoice at hearing again some of the familiar treads on the fashionable tenement s stairs. . . . By following an assemblage of characters on and near 44 Scotland Street, McCall Smith manages sidesplitting send-ups of contemporary pretentiousness and wry and often poignant commentary on the roles of chance, cruelty, and fate in our lives. . . . Delightful.
Booklist (starred review)
Life in Scotland Street is a more pleasant, leisurely business than it is for most of the rest of us. . . . There s plenty of time for idle thoughts, occasional shafts of wit and gentle dissections of absurdity sometimes all at the same time. The Scotsman
It is that all-prevailing pleasantness, the unfaltering optimism and the gentle pace of life that holds the key toMcCall Smith s success. Independent Magazine
Sweet. . . . Graceful. . . . Wonderful. . . . Gentle but powerfully addicting fiction. Entertainment Weekly
[McCall Smith] is a pro, and he delivers sharp observation, gentle satire . . . as well as the expected romantic complications. . . . [Readers will] relish McCall Smith s depiction of this place . . . and enjoy his tolerant, good-humored company. The New York Times Book Review
Alexander McCall Smith . . . proves himself a wry but gentle chronicler of humanity and its foibles. The Miami Herald
McCall Smith s plots offer wit, charm and intrigue in equal doses. Richmond Times-Dispatch
Just about perfect. . . . Contains a healthy helping of McCall Smith s patented charm. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

McCall Smith s assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless. San Francisco Chronicle
Entertaining and witty. . . . A sly send-up of society in Edinburgh. Orlando Sentinel
McCall Smith, a fine writer, paints his hometown of Edinburgh as indelibly as he captures the sunniness of Africa. We can almost feel the mists as we tread the cobblestones. The Dallas Morning News
Alexander McCall Smith is the most genial of writers and the most gentle of satirists. . . . [The] characters are great fun . . . [and] McCall Smith treats all of them with affection. Rocky Mountain News
Irresistible. . . . Smith has rendered another winner, packed with the charming characters, piercing perceptions and shrewd yet generous humor that have become his cachet.
Chicago Sun-Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

* The sixth volume of Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful serial novels set in Edinburgh's New Town

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