The Importance of Being Seven (44 Scotland Street Series #6)

The Importance of Being Seven (44 Scotland Street Series #6)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Importance of Being Seven (44 Scotland Street Series #6) by Alexander McCall Smith


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.  
The great city of Edinburgh is renowned for its impeccable restraint, so how, then, did the extended family of 44 Scotland Street come to be trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence? After seven years and five books, Bertie is—finally!—about to turn seven. But one afternoon he mislays his meddling mother Irene, and learns a valuable lesson: wish-fulfillment can be a dangerous business. Angus and Domenica contemplate whether to give in to romance on holiday in Italy, and even usually down-to-earth Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery. Funny, warm, and heartfelt as ever, The Importance of Being Seven offers fresh and wise insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh's most lovable residents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307739360
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Series: 44 Scotland Street Series , #6
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 254,653
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

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The Importance of Being Seven 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Posey More than 1 year ago
Like all of Smith's books, this is a rest for the soul and a peaceful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've gotten this far in the 44 Scotland Street series then you already love these books and will read it no matter what. If this is the only series you've read then check out McCall Smith's other books--Ladies No.1 Detective Agency, Corduroy Mansions, Isabel Dalhousy, Sausage Dogs... these are what I read when I want to be engaged, amused, and feel like I'm visiting another country to live among the people.
earthmother31951 More than 1 year ago
As always, another gentle, witty and insightful book. Bertie gets one of his wishes!!! A book by Alexander McCall Smith is a cause for celebration!!!
readinginnashville More than 1 year ago
Raise your hand if you think Bertie's mother, Irene is a dunce. Now raise your other hand if you think Ulysses is Bertie's half-brother. While your hands are up there, give the author a standing ovation. It's amazing how invested I am in the lives of these imaginary people - a testament to Mr. McCall-SMith and his skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexander McCall Smith knows how to please, bring pleasure, a smile even an outloud chuckle or laugh. He has such a sense of reality . The simple pleasures and quirks in life are probably the most fun, and funny. This author knows that and can describe them like no other author I have ever read.! He is wonderful and a certain pick-me-up!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One can always count on 44 Scotland Street to generate down to earth humor and some old fashioned common sense observations about relationships. If you have not read these books, you are really missing out. There is no murder, terror, or nail bitting thrills -- thank goodness. But there is a lot more reality about life in these stories than most others have to offer. There is a progression over time; so, it might be good to locate the earliest book in the series as your first read. I believe it is "44 Scotland Street." It's not necessary to do that to enjoy the stories, but it is a really lovely series to follow along. What's more, it keeps on going. New books come to us from the collective episodes published regularly in the newspaper in Edinburgh. I believe this may be the ninth novel about Scotland St.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
There’s fuel enough for several novels in this installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series, with a young married couple seeking a larger home, an older unmarried couple seeking commitment, the joys of Italian art and countryside, and, of course, the little boy who isn’t yet seven but knows the world will change one day. The author weaves his stories together with swift scene and chapter changes, leaving one set characters hanging, or falling, while another takes the stage and runs with it. Through it all, an omniscient narrator invites the reader to experience the world through many different eyes—even those of a dog—and in doing so to notice what we ignore, remember what we forget to recognize, and just perhaps become a little kinder to each other. Good-humored, fun, filled with the real and the strange, The Importance of Being Seven brings Scotland’s houses, streets and countryside to life, offers insights into the schooling system over cups of tea and plates of biscuits, and even invites the frozen reader to enjoy the warmth of a glorious Italian sun. The narrator’s constantly pleasing voice holds disparate stories together, and a book that’s easy to pick up after putting down (because of its well-separated chapters) proves seriously hard to put down (because it’s just such a smooth, well-measured, good read). Enjoy. Disclosure: A friend loaned me the book, but I’m sure I’ll buy my own copy one day.
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theksb More than 1 year ago
The more of Alexander McCall Smith that I read, the more convinced I am that he is a genius at obsservation of the human condition. Poor Bertie, who is looking forward to being seven. (And more importantly, to being 18 and fleeing his mother, on that very day) And all of the other characters, who individually and as members of the neighborhood, make their way through Life, with all its joys, surprises, and mortifications. These books are just tiny marvels of truthful observation, often hilarious, and yet very moving. Satisfying for a late night or early morning break. I heartily recommend this latest installment, as I do all of the 44 Scotland Street books.
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Another great book from Alexander McCall. Light easy reading.
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2820Tessa More than 1 year ago
Haven't received this title yet. I think that the shipment of this book is waiting for the release of the simultaneously-ordered Sue Grafton book, so all can be shipped together. However, based on the fact that I love all the Alexander McCall Smith 44 Scotland St. series, I doubt this will be an exception. Therese Steinlauf