Corduroy Mansions

Corduroy Mansions

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From the author of the global bestsellerThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agencycomes a brand-new novel - the start of a new series - set in the heart of London. "Corduroy Mansions" is the affectionate nickname given to a genteelly crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico. This is the home patch of - among others - a lovelorn literary agent, possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP and Freddie de la Hay, an urbane terrier trained to be vegetarian and respectful of feline rights, and with the ability to fasten his own seatbelt. Sandy has delivered a whole new cast of incredible characters including, but not limited to: Berthea Snark, psychoanalyst and unwilling mother to Oedipus Snark (the nasty Lib Dem). William French, wine merchant living in Corduroy Mansions, and lover of wines of the Bordeaux region. Marcia Light, proprietrix of Marcia's Table with her sights set on William. Barbara Ragg, lover of Oedipus Snark - would like to marry him; would like to marry anybody. Loafers, wine merchants, vitamin evangelists and the occasional psychoanalyst pass each other on the stairs of this delightful metropolitan des res. With his trademark wit, charm and lightness of touch, Alexander McCall Smith introduces a colourful cast of characters, full of the life, laughter and humanity so beloved in his writing.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Knopf Canada, 2010
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9780307399083
Branch Call Number: FIC MCC
Characteristics: 353 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain


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Jan 27, 2018

This is the first of another series by Alexander McCall Smith. The story revolves mainly around the residents of Corduroy Mansions, a building of flats in Scotland. There's William, the wine merchant, who has been hinting that his son Eddie should move out on his own forever , all to no avail. There are four young women. One of them works for the odious Oedipus Snark, MP. Snark is so odious his own mother dislikes him and his girlfriend has given up on him. Perhaps the star of the book, however, is Freddy de la Hay, a Pimlico terrier (whatever that is). As always, McCall Smith plums the depths of human nature to create another gently amusing book. I'd give this 3.5, but I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.

Jan 17, 2018

Too many unnecessary characters. The authors jumps from place to place, from person to person. I should have stopped after a few chapters. Do not waste your time. I've heard his other books are better, but I'm not touching any of them. So disappointing.

Dec 28, 2016

Like other readers I enjoy McCall-Smith's stories as a great way to pass a rainy/snowy day with a cast of entertaining characters. I hope this is the beginning of a new series by this author. It is not great literature but just very comfortable, easy reading with interesting characters leading more or less mundane lives. I loved the dog in this story too and the photo on the cover was well chosen.....just look at those puppy dog eyes!

AuntJane Sep 25, 2014

When life is stressful, I go to a McCall Smith book! Corduroy Mansions is a relaxing, enjoyable read full of quirky, interesting characters and pleasant story lines.

Jan 06, 2013

These intertwined stories of people of different backgrounds and ages living in a cozy apartment building in London. The sweet dog on the cover lives there too and we get to see a bit from his point of view which was really well done. Contemporary and very engaging, not sugar coated but I did become fond of quite a few of these characters. Some are not meant to be likeable or completely likeable but all are interesting. The first of an award winning series of three is what I found out online. According to Wikipedia this author put this book online as he wrote it and the readers got to interact with each other and the author through a message board which is a great idea and something I like reading online even if I don't always comment. I am definitely reading the others and then giving 44 Scotland Street a try by this author. This was on the Staff Picks shelf at my branch. Now that I see how many books this author's written, I feel like I've struck gold!

Jan 18, 2012

This has to be one of McCall Smith's very best.

Jul 28, 2011

Citizen review - first of a series I think.
Was OK, stories of various people living in a 3 unit building, plus a few others. Charcters develop and intertwine with each other. Light and humourous. Maybe will try some from his detective agency series.

technojoy Jul 11, 2011

If you liked 44 Scotland Street, you'll like this one. There are plenty of loose ends by the time the book closes, so no doubt he's launching a new series.

May 31, 2011

Exactly like 44 Scotland Street, but revisited with a different cast of characters. The previous owner of the dog is the incarnation of Bertie's mother. A fun, light read.

May 11, 2011

Innocuous but pleasant variation on Smith's standard themes.

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