- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; First Edition edition (1 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846971454
- ISBN-13: 978-1846971457
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Importance of Being Seven: 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street 6) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2010
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About the Author
Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law, then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has sold over fifteen million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty 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, and the Von Igelfeld series.
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No spoilers,but needless today all the usual gang are there.Here is a small insight into this book.
Bertie and Stuart are bonding, Irene goes missing.Angus and Cyril go to Italy with Dominica and Antonia.
Matthew and Elspeth are house hunting.
I was certainly not disappointed in this book. It was like greeting old treasured friends after an absence of a couple of years. The point has already been made that you will not really understand what is going on unless you have read the previous books in the series, but it is good to get stuck straight into the action without repetitive scene-setting.
There are three main storylines - the Angus/Domenica/Antonia triangle (not forgetting Cyril); Matthew and Elspeth (with Pat and Bruce on the periphery); and, of course, young Bertie Pollock and co. Each thread brings its own treats, but whereas the first two share common ground at Big Lou's cafe, in this particular volume there is virtually no interaction between the Pollocks and the other residents of no. 44.
Other reviewers have touched upon the mild irritation of short chapter lengths, resulting in a disjointed read and the occasional unresolved cliffhanger (more mild hummocks than cliffs, it has to be said!), but we are all used to the format by now.
Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I had a silly grin on my face for most of the book and could not wait to start the next one.
I wish I felt the same after I'd read that. Now read on...
The descriptions of Edinburgh as always make me want to rush up and visit again asap. What a beautiful city even on paper. I have only visited once but these books do bring back fond memories.
Whenever I want a lift from heavier novels I turn to Alexander McCall Smith who has this gift of making us 'one of the family ' in all he writes.
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