August 2011 Book of the Month.
The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family at 44 Scotland Street continues in this seventh instalment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursuit of a little happiness but domestic bliss seems in short supply.
Alexander McCall Smith published The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency in 1998 and then, suddenly, it took off in America to the extent that no less than11 reprints were required in 2003.
Since then, so prolific has been his output, and so has his popularity soared, that there was a time when the sheer multitude of McCall Smith's books led to confusion as to which book fitted into each of the various series under which he writes. One has hardly been able to keep up with the sheer abundance of books published - we reckon at least thirty in less than a decade.
Now, thankfully, things have settled down and the legions of McCall Smiths avid fans can compartmentalise his new books into the four main series under which they sit - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, The 44 Scotland Street Series and The Corduroy Mansions Series with a few more on top!
There are constant features across the whole panoply of McCall Smith's output. Wry and witty observations about the day-to-day lives of normal people. An innocence and delight in the human condition. And, always, a twinkle on the eye shared by writer and reader. He is a happy writer and that makes for happy readers.
'Bertie Plays the Blues' follows 'The Importance of Being Seven' as the seventh 44 Scotland Street novel. Set in Edinburgh, of course, the old familiar characters are there and McCall Smith is still on sparkling form. Bertie puts himself up for adoption on eBay. This short, eight-word sentence captures the unique McCall Smith sense of fun. You won't be disappointed.
Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, currently running in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang, especially with an invitation to one of Scotland's premier jazz festivals -
Publication date: 01/08/2011
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||1st August 2011|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
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