Cordouroy Mansions

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,223 ratings

Corduroy Mansions Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency comes this serialized novel—reminiscent of his acclaimed 44 Scotland Street.

In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever”. But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot. There’s the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend, and Freddie de la Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on wearing a seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London.

Filled with the ins and outs of neighborliness in all its unexpected variations, Corduroy Mansions showcases the life, laughter, and humanity that have become the hallmarks of Alexander McCall Smith’s work.

©2010 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Corduroy Mansions

    • A Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 552
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 419

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Oedipus Snark, MP

    • By connie on 04-25-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Corduroy Mansions

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteelly crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my fav books

    • By Michaela on 08-29-16

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

    • A Corduroy Mansions Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 315

    Literary agent Barbara Ragg has agreed to represent a man writing a book about his experiences hanging out with the Abominable Snowman. Terence Moongrove’s residence has become the target of New Age cosmologists. And pint-sized terrier Freddie de la Hay is being recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Comfort food

    • By Robert on 07-28-11

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Alexander McCall Smith is a storyteller par excellence and the master of the serial novel form. Not content with the runaway success of the 44 Scotland Street novels he has established a second series, Corduroy Mansions, of which The Dog Who Came in from the Cold is the second volume. McCall Smith treats his characters as old friends, dropping in for a chat with them and to see what they’re up to.

    Regular price: $17.55

  • Book 3

    • A Conspiracy of Friends

    • A Corduroy Mansions Novel, Book 3
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184

    It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they all find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark’s mother, Berthea, is still at work on her scathing biography of her son—the only loathsome Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; and fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the blurry line between friendship and romance....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love McCall Smith and his world

    • By Cindy on 10-29-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • A Conspiracy of Friends

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico is an oasis of old-fashioned civilisation, its inhabitants considerate and peace-loving. But beneath the polite exterior seismic change is stirring. Barbara Ragg makes an eye-popping discovery about her stolid Scottish suitor’s past, while Oedipus Snark – newly appointed and tirelessly self-interested Government Minister – has a close encounter in Switzerland that leaves him a new man all together.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intelligent humor, best unabridged

    • By Katharina on 06-21-11

    Regular price: $17.04