44 Scotland Street

44 Scotland Street

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.

Title:44 Scotland Street
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781400079445
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    44 Scotland Street Reviews

  • Mark

    Sixty pages into this book, I stopped and looked at the back of it. What was it about again? Did the same thing sixty pages later. When I finally closed the back cover, I realized that this is a book ...

  • Petra-X Off having adventures

    Alexander McCall Smith writes a certain type of novel. A cosy sandwiches and scones for afternoon tea type of book. It's a tone that doesn't vary whether it is set in wet and gloomy Scotland or the gl...

  • Fergus

    What happens when Isabel Dalhousie with all her innate sense of decency, walking and chatting merrily with the less trusting but similarly practical and charming Mma Ramotswe, turns a corner of a plea...

  • Donna

    I've just finished this book, and I'm absolutely enchanted with it. The title of the last chapter sums it up: "Gain, Loss, Friendship, Love." What more could one ask?44 Scotland Street is a gentle boo...

  • Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I was reading a paperback edition and then starting with chapter 40, page 103 of 325, I started simultaneously listening to the audio CDs as I read the book. I do enjoy reading that way with some book...

  • Phyllis

    I wish I'd known before purchasing this for my kindle that it was originally published as a daily!! newspaper serial. Being prolific obviously comes easily to McCall, and he accepted this challenge wi...

  • Bill Khaemba

    Surprised at how much I enjoyed this, really surprised… Before you read this review make some tea get cosy because you are about to take a sneak peek into other people’s lives “The you...

  • Judith E

    ALexander McCall Smith’s setting of a historical apartment building and street in modern Edinburgh, Scotland is a perfect background to present his cast of characters and their unique personalities....

  • Laura

    4.5 stars. I forgot how much I really enjoy this series. Is it as great as the No. 1 Ladies Detective, no, but what is? This is very close. Why do I love it?1. AMS is a soul author for me. He is someo...

  • Ellery Adams

    There is something about McCall's Smith's writing that brings a smile to my face. Having read all of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and adored them, I was hoping to find this series appealing...