44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street Series #1)

44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street Series #1)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street Series #1) by Alexander McCall Smith

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.




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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307276797
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/06/2005
Series: 44 Scotland Street Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 37,429
File size: 4 MB

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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hometown:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

Place of Birth:

Zimbabwe

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44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
vanhoey More than 1 year ago
Having read all but the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I happily decided to continue with the author into his second series, and I have not been disppointed. McCall Smith gives the reader something to sink his teeth into. This Scotland Street series is no exception. The characters he introduces in book 1 continue on to book 2. And if you are looking for colorful characters and amusing anecdotes, you will find them here as well as in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. What makes this series special is that he wrote it for serial publication. Each chapter has a little punch, if only in wit, and comes in refreshing bitesize lengths so as never to bore or tire. Highly recommended.
MushJM More than 1 year ago
This series is even better than "No.1 Ladies Detective Agency".
Guest More than 1 year ago
After you get used to the format dictated by the fact that this was initially a daily serialized novel, you cannot help but fall in love with the delightful and quirky residents of 44 Scotland Street. Not a lot happens but there is a tremendous amount of the small victories and defeats that characterize real life.
crazy4hawaii More than 1 year ago
I simply love this book and the sequels as well. It is written in segmental format as it was first published in installments for the newspaper so you have to get used to that. However, it's not long before you genuinely care about all of these delightful characters and cannot wait to see what happens to them next. It is a slice of life book, a glimpse into the lives of "real people" in a real, very interesting place. I read this book before a trip to Scotland three years ago and not only got hooked on the series, but fell in love with Edinburgh as well.
crazymilo More than 1 year ago
This book has made me laugh out loud at times and shake my head at the antics of the characters and situations they get into. I will definitely read the other books in the series. I got attached to a few of the people so I am glad I get to keep up with them. The book reminded me a lot of Marian Keyes style writing and people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smith has just enough detail for the characters so you really get to kniw them and heur personality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading Alexander McCall Smith. His books are quirky and fun. I love to walk through Edinbourgh with his characters!
Scottgirl More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book and I'm very glad I got it. It's been delightful. It's entertaing and some unfamiliar terms are used but it makes it interesting to learn some of the English terms. It was a good purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book a little hard to get started with, but I kept reading and am glad I did. But the ending is unsatisfactory-too much is left unanswered. I found Domenica a delight and loved her stories-what a wonderful friend to have! I'm hoping there's going to be a sequel, because it was disappointing not to know what happened to the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this charming book, my first by the author. The quirky set of charters is alot of fun, the plot engaging and the commentary on Scotish society is very interesting. I look forward to reading more of Alexander McCall Smith's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've been to Edinburgh, or if your planning a trip, this will heighten and enrich your experience of the city
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VickyF More than 1 year ago
I just love all the characters in this series...especially Bertie. I am more than halfway through the series and will be sad when I can no longer read about these characters. What a wonderful writer Mr. Smith is. I will definitely go onto the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency next and I'm looking forward to it, although I will miss the Scotland Street series until there are more. I highly recommend all these books. They make me laugh out loud at times. You can't help but love little Bertie.
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Wonderfully enjoyable. Dickens would have enjoyed it. It focuses on the lives of the occupants of few flats at 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. This book is a lovely way to visit Edinburgh without paying to travel there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She stays with her kits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They look around mint green and yellow eyes blinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads back into camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They said "Can we go?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok we are moving again, Lilywolf keeps getting locked out so we hafta find a place where that doesn't happen. We are moving to James Dashner results! That's James Dashner people, don't forget it! :) If someone wouldn't mind going back to Miss Silver Mystery, and Grey Mask, and posting our new camp location there that would be awesome. I don't want someone to come along and have to check four camps to find us lol and I have to go. See everyone later! -Velvetstar-
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