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To the casual observer, the great enlightened city of Edinburgh, home of no-nonsense sermons and cream teas, might appear immune to the rollercoaster of strong emotions.

But at 44 Scotland Street, as Matthew and Elspeth embark on the risky enterprise of married love, the raffish portrait painter Angus Lordie has a premonition of disaster.

Soon enough Irene Pollock is shocked to learn that her small son Bertie harbours a highly unsuitable ambition; and Angus finds himself facing a large Glaswegian gangster bearing gifts....

©2009 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2009 Hachette Digital

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 05-26-09

Further travails of Bertie

This is another delightful episode in the lives of the residents of Scotland Street, told in the usual inimitable style of Alexander McCall Smith and read beautifully by David Rintoul. I laughed out loud at several incidents (embarassing as I was travelling by train at the time!). I grew up in Edinburgh and get really homesick every time I read one of these tales.

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  • Matt
  • 05-24-09

This book has been read before, and.......

Well, you pays your money and you takes your choice. You either love the author or...... or you probably don't care. Most people reading this will know that the title is derived from Kundera's best selling novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", which itself is an exploration of Nietzsche's idea that everything that happens has happened before and will happen again. Sadly the author of this light-weight novel lacks the comprehension of Kundera, let alone the the insight Nietzsche. In all a complete waste of time.

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