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Publisher Comments:

Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother's desire for him to learn the saxophone and italian — all at the tender age of five.

Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in the Scotsman newspaper.

Review:

"Like Smith's bestselling Botswana mysteries, this book — comprising 110 sections, originally serialized in the Scotsman, that drolly chronicle the lives of residents in an Edinburgh boarding house — is episodic, amusing and peopled with characters both endearing and benignly problematic. Pat, 21, is on her second 'gap year' (her first yearlong break from her studies was such a flop she refuses to discuss it), employed at a minor art gallery and newly settled at the eponymous address, where she admires vain flatmate Bruce and befriends neighbor Domenica. A low-level mystery develops about a possibly valuable painting that Pat discovers, proceeds to lose and then finds in the unlikely possession of Ian Rankin, whose bestselling mysteries celebrate the dark side of Edinburgh just as Smith's explore the (mostly) sunny side. The possibility of romance, the ongoing ups and downs of the large, well-drawn cast of characters, the intricate plot and the way Smith nimbly jumps from situation to situation and POV to POV — he was charged, after all, with keeping his newspaper readers both momentarily satisfied and eager for the next installment — works beautifully in book form. No doubt Smith's fans will clamor for more about 44 Scotland Street, and given the author's celebrated productivity, he'll probably give them what they want." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Readers needn't possess plaid clothes or a brogue to savor this wise, witty send-up of Edinburgh rogues." Booklist

Review:

"[S]everal short chapters...leave the reader wondering what will happen next. This, along with McCall Smith's insightful and comic observations, makes for an amusing and absorbing look at Edinburgh society." Library Journal

Review:

"Sheer readerly bliss." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound....[His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"[McCall Smith's] accomplished novels...[are] dependent on small gestures redolent with meaning and main characters blessed with pleasing personalities....These novels are gentle probes into the mysteries of human nature." Newsday

Review:

"McCall Smith's writing...harks back to a more tranquil age, where gentle ironies and strict proprieties prevail....The pleasure of the novel lies in its simplicity." The Independent (London)

Review:

"Utterly enchanting....It is impossible to come away from an Alexander McCall Smith 'mystery' novel without a smile on the lips and warm fuzzies in the heart." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"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." The New York Times

Review:

"Pure joy....The voice, the setting, the stories, the mysteries of human nature....[McCall Smith's] writing is accessible and the prose is beautiful." Amy Tan

Review:

"Mr. 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

Review:

"Alexander McCall Smith has become one of those commodities, like oil or chocolate or money, where the supply is never sufficient to the demand....[He] is prolific and habit-forming." The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Review:

"[McCall Smith] captures the cold, foggy, history-drenched atmosphere of Edinburgh...with a Jane Austen-like attention to detail." USA Today

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books and the Sunday Philosophy Club series now pens a delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society. Originally serialized in the Scotsman, this title is already an international sensation.

Synopsis:

44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 1

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  

Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him to learn the saxophone and italian–all at the tender age of five.

Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.

Synopsis:

Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mothers desire for him to learn the saxophone and italian-all at the tender age of five.

Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the huge international phenomenon, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and The Sunday Philosophy Club series. He is a professor of medical law at Edinburgh University. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.

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MaryD, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by MaryD)
This is a fun summer read--lots of quirky characters that will keep you laughing and curious about what comes next. Then you will want to pick-up the next in the series and follow them along.
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Dot reads, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Dot reads)
I love the relaxed pace of this book. It makes a wonderful bedtime read.
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Asher, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by Asher)
This book begins the "Scotland Street Series" of serialized novels, all of which I find remarkably charming, humorous, and philosophically provocative. A full slate of cariacature-like but somehow believable characters are followed as they weave in and out of direct or indirect interactions--so if the reader grows tired of focusing on one of them, before they can blink their favorite has reentered center stage. I need to figure out if the next book in the series has just come out . . .
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400079445
Author:
McIntosh, Iain
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Illustrator:
McIntosh, Iain
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Author:
McCall Smith, Alexander
Subject:
General
Subject:
Employees
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Edinburgh (scotland)
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.96x5.42x.81 in. .58 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400079445 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like Smith's bestselling Botswana mysteries, this book — comprising 110 sections, originally serialized in the Scotsman, that drolly chronicle the lives of residents in an Edinburgh boarding house — is episodic, amusing and peopled with characters both endearing and benignly problematic. Pat, 21, is on her second 'gap year' (her first yearlong break from her studies was such a flop she refuses to discuss it), employed at a minor art gallery and newly settled at the eponymous address, where she admires vain flatmate Bruce and befriends neighbor Domenica. A low-level mystery develops about a possibly valuable painting that Pat discovers, proceeds to lose and then finds in the unlikely possession of Ian Rankin, whose bestselling mysteries celebrate the dark side of Edinburgh just as Smith's explore the (mostly) sunny side. The possibility of romance, the ongoing ups and downs of the large, well-drawn cast of characters, the intricate plot and the way Smith nimbly jumps from situation to situation and POV to POV — he was charged, after all, with keeping his newspaper readers both momentarily satisfied and eager for the next installment — works beautifully in book form. No doubt Smith's fans will clamor for more about 44 Scotland Street, and given the author's celebrated productivity, he'll probably give them what they want." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Readers needn't possess plaid clothes or a brogue to savor this wise, witty send-up of Edinburgh rogues."
"Review" by , "[S]everal short chapters...leave the reader wondering what will happen next. This, along with McCall Smith's insightful and comic observations, makes for an amusing and absorbing look at Edinburgh society."
"Review" by , "Sheer readerly bliss."
"Review" by , "McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound....[His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless."
"Review" by , "[McCall Smith's] accomplished novels...[are] dependent on small gestures redolent with meaning and main characters blessed with pleasing personalities....These novels are gentle probes into the mysteries of human nature."
"Review" by , "McCall Smith's writing...harks back to a more tranquil age, where gentle ironies and strict proprieties prevail....The pleasure of the novel lies in its simplicity."
"Review" by , "Utterly enchanting....It is impossible to come away from an Alexander McCall Smith 'mystery' novel without a smile on the lips and warm fuzzies in the heart."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Pure joy....The voice, the setting, the stories, the mysteries of human nature....[McCall Smith's] writing is accessible and the prose is beautiful."
"Review" by , "Mr. 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."
"Review" by , "Alexander McCall Smith has become one of those commodities, like oil or chocolate or money, where the supply is never sufficient to the demand....[He] is prolific and habit-forming."
"Review" by , "[McCall Smith] captures the cold, foggy, history-drenched atmosphere of Edinburgh...with a Jane Austen-like attention to detail."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books and the Sunday Philosophy Club series now pens a delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society. Originally serialized in the Scotsman, this title is already an international sensation.
"Synopsis" by , 44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 1

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  

Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him to learn the saxophone and italian–all at the tender age of five.

Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.

"Synopsis" by , Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mothers desire for him to learn the saxophone and italian-all at the tender age of five.

Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.

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