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Alexander McCall Smith is a favourite in the LoveReading Office. He has the ability to poke fun, exhort chuckles, be sharply pointed, yet retain an overall lightness of touch. He is a wonderful author and here in the 44 Scotland Street Series he shines a light on the inhabitants of a street in Edinburgh in the most delightful way. 44 Scotland Street is a complete delight and comes as highly recommended by our team.
The 44 Scotland Street series:
The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world.
In McCall Smith's hands such characters retain charm and novelty, simultaneously arousing both mirth and empathy. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters' struggles to resolve them.
a hilarious yet sharply insightful tale of middle-class Edinburgh ... a joyous, charming portrait of city life and human foibles - SUNDAY EXPRESS
A treasure of a writer whose books deserve immediate devouring - Marcel Berlins, GUARDIAN
It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging...[his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling - Craig Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY
As charming as the bohemian street in which it's set. - SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD
Publication date: 11/08/2005
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||11th August 2005|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers — New York Times Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’, is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist ...More About Alexander McCall Smith