Portuguese Irregular Verbs

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 166 ratings

Portuguese Irregular Verbs Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2004.
Winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, 2004.

Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie.

Von Igelfeld inhabits the rarefied world of the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg, a world he shares with his equally tall and equally ridiculous colleagues, Professors Florianus Prinzel and Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer. Their unlikely adventures are described in three deliciously funny instalments: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances.

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  • Book 1

    • Portuguese Irregular Verbs

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hugh Laurie is a joy to listen to

    • By Maybelle on 01-01-11

    Regular price: £9.79

  • Book 2

    • The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    In the sequel to Portuguese Irregular Verbs, our hero, Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, is the unlikely choice to address veterinarians in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas; is dogged by dachshunds; becomes embroiled with that notorious Coptic schismatic, the Duke of Johannesburg (and his victim the Patriarch of Alexandria); and finally ends up being mobbed as the star attraction on a Mediterranean cruise ship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Made me snigger

    • By Susan M. on 30-04-17

    Regular price: £10.49

  • Book 3

    • At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
    • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The third novel in the Portuguese Irregular Verbs trilogy sees von Igelfeld suffering the slings of academic intrigue as a visiting fellow at Cambridge, and the arrows of outrageous fortune in an eventful Columbian adventure. Between trips, von Igelfeld returns to his beloved Regensburg only that to discover while he has been away his murine colleagues have been at play.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the best of the three

    • By C. Veiel on 18-11-13

    Regular price: £9.19

  • Book 4

    • Unusual Uses For Olive Oil

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Life is so unfair, and it sends many things to try Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, in the proud Bavarian city of Regensburg. There is the undeserved rise of his rival (and owner of a one-legged dachshund), Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer; the interminable ramblings of the librarian, Herr Huber; and the condescension of his colleagues with regard to his unmarried state. But when his friend Ophelia Prinzel takes it upon herself to match-make, and duly produces a cheerful heiress with her own Schloss, it appears that the professor's true worth is about to be recognised.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A True Delight

    • By Patricia on 08-11-11

    Regular price: £16.99