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.
Another delightful update about the residents of 44 Scotland Street (and their near neighbours in Moray Place, India Street and other areas of Edinburgh's New Town). Mature love for Domenica and Angus, young love for Matthew and Elspeth (and their triplets), questionable love for Pat and the horrible Bruce, married love (?) for Irene and Stuart and the possibility of new love for Big Lou form the background to the continued story of Bertie. He is still struggling to make his mother understand that there is more to life than psychotherapy, clarinet lessons and Italian conversation whilst he makes drastic plans with his new friend "Braveheart" (with the spindly legs) and battles on against the repellent Olive. Is Bertie's sweetness, innocence and perpetual optimism to be rewarded by light at the end of the tunnel - listen to the wonderful reading by David Rintoul and find out!
If you are considering having a family, are having problems having a family or are considering getting a dog, this is not the book for you! It will put you off for life. If, however, you have coped with problems like these and can cope with all the ups and downs (mainly downs) in these situations, you will be charmed with the way that this story unfolds as it is brilliantly read by Jilly Bond