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44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
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really liked it
bookshelves: humorous-stories, scotland, contemporary-fiction, 1st-of-series
Read 2 times. Last read March 12, 2018 to April 1, 2018.

Reread March 2018. Loved revisiting these characters: Pat, Bruce, Matthew, Big Lou, Angus and his dog Cyril, Bertie and his overbearing mother, Domenica...

Pat moves to 44 Scotland Street, moving into an apartment with the very narcissistic Bruce. She is on her "second gap year" from college and takes a job with Matthew, whose very wealthy father has set him up with an art gallery. A painting which might be a Peplow? is inadvertently taken by Bruce and raffled off at the Conservative Party ball. 5-year-old Bertie tries to rebel when his mother forces him to learn Italian and play the saxophone. He is suspended from nursery school, and his mother takes him for psychotherapy with Dr. Fairbairn.

Audiobook narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie.

Review from AudioFile
Alexander McCall Smith modeled this book on the evergreen hit TALES OF THE CITY, by Armistead Maupin, which were published serially in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. Smith's appeared in an Edinburgh daily; the title refers to an address in Edinburgh where several of the main characters live. It's a great device, imposing specific challenges to the storyteller, working in little chunks of uniform length, all with intriguing endings. The only thing that could be more fun than reading each installment in the paper is hearing Robert Ian MacKenzie's thoroughly droll and versatile performance. You won't soon forget the Conservative Party's fundraising ball, with only six in attendance, one of whom forgot to wear underpants under his kilt. MacKenzie's touch is flawless. B.G. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Series info:
44 Scotland Street series
1. 44 Scotland Street - read
2. Espresso tales - read
3. Love over Scotland - read
4. The world according to Bertie - read
5. The unbearable lightness of scones - read
6. The importance of being seven - read
7. Bertie plays the blues

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
September 1, 2006 – Finished Reading
November 19, 2007 – Shelved
November 19, 2007 – Shelved as: humorous-stories
November 19, 2007 – Shelved as: scotland
November 19, 2007 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
August 14, 2013 – Shelved as: 1st-of-series
March 12, 2018 – Started Reading
April 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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