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His fans will love another wittily observed gem of a book. With McCall Smith, the places change – you could be in Botswana or Scotland or, now, London - but the sheer humanity is the same. Here, a new group of interesting and disparate characters face the daily trials and tribulations of life that affect us all, wherever we may be.
Welcome to Corduroy Mansions in Pimlico: a temple of Arts and Crafts architecture, with comforting, weathered brickwork and frankly frivolous dormer windows, it is home to a delightfully eccentric cast of Londoners. In the top flat lives William, with a faithful ex-vegetarian dog named Freddie de la Hay and a freeloading son who he hopes will soon fly the nest. Four lively young women share the first-floor flat, including twinset-and-pearls Caroline from Cheltenham, Dee, vitamin addict and avid subscriber to Anti-oxidant News, and Jenny, a put-upon PA. And round the corner lives Oedipus Snark MP, possibly the world's only loathsome Lib Dem, who has succeeded in offending everyone he knows, and many others besides. But what dark revenge is being plotted by his mother, Berthea Snark, and by his girlfriend, Barbara Ragg...?
'Quirky and original ... told with warmth, wit and intelligence, and McCall Smith's cast of characters are beautifully observed. It's a page-turner with many happy endings. Perfect'
** 'Bags of warmth and wisdom and easy, accomplished writing that begs for a comfy chair
Kate Saunders, THE TIMES
** 'Richly illustrates McCall Smith's absolute mastery of the art of storytelling
** 'The author's gentle humour and playful teasing-out of moral dilemmas great and small are there in abundance
** 'The seriousness is always sugar-dusted in McCall Smith's delight in the ridiculous and his perfectly paced humour
Publication date: 06/05/2010
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 02/07/2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 01/07/2009
Publisher: Birlinn General
|Publication date:||6th May 2010|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alexander McCall Smith was our Guest Editor in July 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. 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-five million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series ...More About Alexander McCall Smith