44 Scotland Street

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 710 ratings

44 Scotland Street Summary

The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world. In McCall Smith's hands such characters retain charm and novelty, simultaneously arousing both mirth and empathy. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters' struggles to resolve them.

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  • Book 1

    • 44 Scotland Street

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 1
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • accents

    • By Larraine on 01-07-16

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 2

    • Espresso Tales

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    In Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith returns home to Edinburgh and the glorious cast of his own tales of the city, the residents of 44 Scotland Street, with a new set of challenges for each one of them. Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a new career as a wine merchant, while his long-suffering flatmate Pat MacGregor, set up by matchmaking Domenica Macdonald, finds herself invited to a nudist picnic in Moray Place in the pursuit of true love.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • book's fine, reader not so much...

    • By Carole on 03-08-12

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 3

    • Love over Scotland

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 3
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    With his characteristic warmth, inventiveness and brilliant wit, Alexander McCall Smith gives us more of the gloriously entertaining comings and goings at 44 Scotland Street, the Edinburgh townhouse. Six-year-old prodigy Bertie perseveres in his heroic struggle for truth and balanced good sense against his insufferable mother and her crony, the psychotherapist Dr Fairbairn, going as far as to make a short-lived bid for freedom on a trip to Paris with the Edinburgh youth orchestra.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable read

    • By Sara on 04-01-15

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 4

    The World According to Bertie cover art
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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

    • Bertie Plays The Blues

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 7
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    Even down to its well-set Georgian townhouses, Edinburgh is a hymn to measure and harmony. But on Scotland Street, domestic accord is in short supply. Matthew and Elspeth welcome three new arrivals, though the joys of multiple parenthood are somewhat lost due to sleep deprivation and the difficulties of telling their brood apart. Angus and Domenica are to marry, and Domenica has ambitious and disturbing plans for their living arrangements, especially when it appears that Antonia, in Italy recuperating from Stendhal Syndrome, may not return.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The continued tales from 44 Scotland Street

    • By Jill Besterman on 17-10-11

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  • Book 8

    • Sunshine on Scotland Street

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 8
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Scotland Street witnesses the wedding of the century of Angus Lordie to Domenica Macdonald, but as the newlyweds depart on honeymoon Edinburgh is in disarray. Recovering from the trauma of being best man, Matthew is taken up by a Dane called Bo, while Cyril eludes his dog-sitter and embarks on an odyssey involving fox-holes and the official residence of a cardinal. Narcissist Bruce meets his match in the form of a sinister doppelganger; Bertie, set up by his mother for fresh embarrassment at school, yearns for freedom; and Big Lou goes viral.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sunshine on Scotland Street

    • By Raquel moreno on 15-12-17

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 9

    • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

    • A 44 Scotland Street Novel
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine. Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce's first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect holiday reading!

    • By C. Pattison on 05-05-15

    Regular price: £17.99

  • Book 10

    • The Revolving Door of Life: 44 Scotland Street, Book 10

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    Once more we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in The Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Revolving Door of Life

    • By Raquel moreno on 27-01-18

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 11

    • The Bertie Project

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 11
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another installment in this popular series, now running in its ninth season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'd give 10* if I could!

    • By Jill Besterman on 19-08-16

    Regular price: £34.99

  • Book 12

    • A Time of Love and Tartan

    • 44 Scotland Street, Book 12
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    If only Pat Macgregor had an inkling of the embarrassment - romantic, professional, even aesthetic - that flowed from accepting narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce Anderson's invitation for coffee, she would never have said yes. And if only Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, hadn't wandered into his local bookshop and picked up a particular book at a particular time, he would never have knocked over his former English teacher or attracted the attentions of the police.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful journey

    • By pc on 05-07-18

    Regular price: £34.99