Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers
A 44 Scotland Street Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith
Illustrated by Iain McIntosh

Trade Paperback, 320 pages

I absolutely love the way McCall Smith sketches his characters. From upwardly mobile to down and out, elderly to children, even dogs, he has a knack for full, deep, and often hilarious personalities.

The interactions are ironic and just make you smile. I don't even necessarily read the books in order, I just savour them for what they are.

Light and mood-lightening, perfect for reading on the go or in-between heavier books. A gem.

From the Back Flap:

Alexander McCall Smith's wildly popular 44 Scotland Street series chronicles life in a corner of Edinburgh brimming with wit and humor.

Newlywed painter and sometime somnambulist Angus Lordie might be sleepwalking his way into trouble with Animal Welfare when he lets his dog Cyril drink a bit too much lager at the local bar. The longsuffering Bertie, on the cusp of his seventh birthday party, has taken to dreaming about his eighteenth, a time when he will be able to avoid the indignity of unwanted girl attendees and the looming threat of a gender-neutral doll from his domineering mother Irene. Matthew and Elspeth struggle to care for their triplets, contending with Danish au pairs and dubious dukes to boot, while the narcissistic Bruce faces his greatest challenge yet in the form of an over-eager waxologist. As ever, when Alexander McCall Smith visits 44 Scotland Street, fun is sure to follow.

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. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana.