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!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of Lou who copes with a domineering and not very faithful husband as well as family and so-called friends who do not value her true worth. One day she reads an article in a magazine claiming that clearing out one's unnecessary belongings is a good thing. She starts with her kitchen drawers but that was only the beginning and soon she realises that it is not just possessions that can clutter one's life. Beautifully read, it makes one laugh but also makes one think.