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Bertie Plays the Blues: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (7): 44 Scotland Street Series (7) (The 44 Scotland Street) by [Alexander McCall Smith]
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Bertie Plays the Blues: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (7): 44 Scotland Street Series (7) (The 44 Scotland Street) Kindle Edition

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Alexander McCall Smith is a New York Times bestselling author of several fiction series, including the internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. He is professor emeritus at the University of Edinburgh.

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*Starred Review* Bertie is a six-and-a-half-year-old boy in Edinburgh who is so unhappy with his mother-driven schedule of yoga, Italian lessons, and a weekly visit to a psychotherapist that he puts himself up for adoption on eBay. He lives with his well-meaning but weak father and domineering mother in a well-appointed but loveless flat on Scotland Street. This upscale apartment building, the setting for McCall Smith’s Scotland Street series, also houses a cultural anthropologist, soon to marry a portrait painter, and it used to hold the gels, ointments, mirrors, and wardrobe used by Bruce, the beyond-handsome narcissist who fascinates the art student Pat (McCall Smith says it’s like a cobra fascinating a mouse). The prolific McCall Smith, who also produces the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and the Corduroy Mansions series, writes the Scotland Street novels in serial form for The Scotsman, appearing daily several months a year. He moves from vignette to vignette within the flat and in greater Edinburgh, always moving his characters’ fates forward bit by bit, meeting in the apartment house hallway by meeting at Big Lou’s café or meeting at the wine bar. The plotlines, now spanning seven novels, are devilishly clever, but readers may well value even more McCall Smith’s wit and his characters’ conversations and reflections on happiness, loneliness, and love. Often droll, often touching, the Scotland Street stories are always delightful to read. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00CNQ2O9O
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Anchor (October 8, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 8, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5180 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 273 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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