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.
©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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"Perfect holiday reading!"
Brilliantly written, funny and well scripted. Characters bought to life by excellent narration. The short chapters made it ideal for my holiday.
funny, poignant intriguing
the way Bertie is portrayed and his wealth of knowledge and experience
he brings the characters to life
Bertie's reaction to the doll going in the river
Bertie has always been my favourite character in this series but I love the way the author interweaves all the characters and their lives. The insights you get into the way they live and their essential character grows with each novel and here we find Bertie maturing whilst still remaining a little boy. Your heart goes out to him as he suffers the indignities his mother forces on him.
"My Favourite 44 Scotland St so far"
This is a really good read and makes me laugh out loud. I can't wait for the next instalment. I wonder what happens to Irene & I love Bertie it a great characterisation!
Irene trying to eat breakfast wearing a hijab!
I love his change of voice for the different characters
Yes i would like to
"A great place to be....."
I really enjoyed 'Bertie's guide to life and mothers' as I have all of the 44 Scotland Street books. I've just downloaded the next one as it happens! It is difficult to rank this book against other books I've listened to because they are so different, however I love being immersed in life in Scotland Street to the point I feel a kind of sense of loss when they finish.
I love Bertie and his views on life and often laugh out loud and this book did not let me down as he was very prominent throughout. I'm also a fan of Big Lou and would love to go for a coffee in her cafe.
I loved the bit when they were on the scout camping trip and discussing the Massacre at Glencoe and Bertie's friend Ranulph Braveheart Mcpherson not turning out to be quite as brave as his name suggests.
Yes and I did pretty much.
I'm hoping Irene stays in Dubai for a bit longer as I'm enjoying the life of Bertie, Stewart and Ulysses without her domineering presence.
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