Love Over Scotland is the third in this series and revolves around the many colourful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness: the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother and, most importantly in this novel, the Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie.
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"Alexander McCall Smith always delights with Mma Ramotswe and her Botswanan detective agency ¿ but living much nearer to home is the gorgeous and highly talented six-year-old, Bertie Pollock, whose life in Edinburgh is one long series of mother-inflicted embarrassments. You don¿t need to be a native of the Athens of the North to relate to him or the awful Irene or, indeed, any of the others in Love Over Scotland's rich cast of characters. Angus Lordie, the artist, for example, whose ankle-biting dog, Cyril has his own, very doggish view of life, or Big Lou who dishes out philosophy as well as coffee, and is engaged to the horrible Eddie the chef. David Rintoul, quite beautifully, gives each of them a real voice ¿ a fabulous listen!" (Daily Express)
"44 Scotland Street offers a teasing but fresh thread of love interest and some wise food for thought...listeners will be eager for more." (The Times)
This is a wonderful book, expertly read and an undeluted pleasure to listen to!
It would have got 5 stars all over were it not for the shortening. The 44 Scotlsndstreet books come alive through all those little stories that together form a loose and rather slow plot that is so wonderful. This is what makes them so special. Shortening them diminishes their value and in the case of "The unbearable lightness of scones" it is an act of violence. I do not see why it is done at all!
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