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Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

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By (author) Alexander McCall Smith

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 22mm | 258g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349140065
  • ISBN 13: 9780349140063
  • Illustrations note: Approx. 25 b/w integrated illustrations
  • Sales rank: 2,832

Product description

As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine. Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce's first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother Irene to a warmer - if not a better - place, and once again in Scotland Street the triumph of human kindness over adversity gives cause for celebration.

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Author information

Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, and his works have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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For an author to entertain and instruct with such effortless simplicity is one thing, but to achieve this effect upon readers is remarkable. I can think of no author save Dickens who has achieved it, and no author now writing currently more deserving of an enormous audience New Statesman Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers lets us immediately relax, secure in the knowledge that we are in a safe pair of hands as McCall Smith is an engaging and a witty guide to the goings on (and comings off) at fictional 44 Scotland Street Sunday Express