44 Scotland Street

44 Scotland Street

Book - 2005 | First Anchor Books edition.
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Witty novel chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Some delightfully colourful neighbours, a new job at an art gallery, a fancy ball, love triangles, and an encounter with a famous crime writer set the stage for this delightful and witty look at Edinburgh society.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2005.
Edition: First Anchor Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780676977240
Branch Call Number: MCCAL
Characteristics: 325 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Forty-four Scotland Street


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In the same vein of "these are the people in your neighbourhood", this book looks at the tenants of 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colourful characters.

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May 03, 2019

1st book in the series, title, 44 Scotland Street by McCall Smith,
series published yrs 2005 thru 2019
total in series - 13 titles thru yr 2019

I like reading the novels of Alexander McCall Smith because he understands the importance of developing "momentum" for his plot characters.
This first in the series has momentum;
one wonders, what's next for the person's life, ?? -- living in the world at large, with responsibilities and relationships, and living as one of the residents of the 44 Scotland street building. (like a townhouse). Edinburgh, Scotland.

As Bertie continues to ask ..."where is our car?" 'It's parked." "Parked where?" " Parked."
Bertie, the very observant five year old son of two reactive parents, is fairly certain the car has been lost. Forgotten. And ...

This first book in the series was quite a different reading experience than his other series, Isabel Dahlhousie; I recently finished reading all that series; captivating.

Oct 25, 2013

This is the initial book in yet another series by the prolific Alexander McCall Smith. As one reviewer has said, this book is like Seinfeld--it isn't about anything. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a great deal and look forward to reading the next in the series. The book is about a selection of characters who all live at 44 Scotland Street--Pat, in her second gap year and trying to figure out what she wants to do with herself; Bruce, a handsome egoist, who truly believes he's God's gift to women; Bertie, a youngster whose pushy mother, Irene, has him learning Italian, playing the tenor saxophone, and doing all manner of adult activities at the ripe old age of 5, and Dominica, a wise but unconventional anthropologist

Interestingly, McLeod Smith wrote each chapter of this book as an installment in a magazine.

Nov 22, 2012

Great book! I want to read the rest of the series now. I liked the short-story format which kept me entertained and it wasn't too deep.

Jul 25, 2012

YAGH!! I'm hooked on a soap! Well at least its a written soap! I gobbled this book up and scurried to grab the rest of the series. Because of the original format--daily newspaper stories--I have recommended this book to people I know who enjoy short stories.

wilstyles Mar 19, 2012

This was an enjoyable read made even more so by the fact that I had just been to Edinburgh the week before starting this so knew exactly where most of it was taking place. Centered around the characters living in the building at 44 Scotland Street, pretty fun.

AuntJane Oct 31, 2011

Understanding that this was a newspaper series, I found the short chapters and fast pace quite engaging. I could imaging reading it day to day waiting impatiently for the next installment!
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Sep 03, 2011

Didn't appreciate the format - short chapters aka newspaper series. Some amusing moments, but overall rather disappointed. The second in this series is far superior.

Aug 23, 2011

Read his Corduroy Mansions - liked it. Will try this series next.
Skimmed - was good - maybe later

Oct 23, 2009

By far the best of the 44 Scotland Street Novels, I love how real the characters are.

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