Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Paperback - 2015
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44 Scotland Street -- Book 9

The ninth installment in Alexander McCall Smith's wildly popular series finds the residents of 44 Scotland Street living their lives and meeting their fates with the author's signature indelible wit and humour.  
     
Newlywed painter and sometime somnambulist Angus Lordie might be sleepwalking his way into trouble with Animal Welfare when he lets his dog Cyril drink a bit too much lager at the local bar. The longsuffering Bertie, on the cusp of his seventh birthday party, has taken to dreaming about his eighteenth, a time when he will be able to avoid the indignity of unwanted girl attendees and the looming threat of a gender-neutral doll from his domineering mother Irene. Matthew and Elspeth struggle to care for their triplets, contending with Danish au pairs and dubious dukes to boot, while the narcissistic Bruce faces his greatest challenge yet in the form of an over-eager waxologist. As ever, when Alexander McCall Smith visits 44 Scotland Street, fun is sure to follow.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2015
ISBN: 9780345808738
Branch Call Number: FIC MCC
Characteristics: 295 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain - Illustrator

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dougslater
Jun 30, 2016

I love this series of books by McCall Smith. Bertie finally has his 7th birthday! Fun easy enlightening reading

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singasong70
Jan 07, 2016

Which seems to be about how much better Bertie's life is now that his mother's been banished to the netherworld of desert and sand - which she's a fan of apparently.

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1_Great_Book
Aug 18, 2015

Charming, as always.
Bertie is finally 7 and his mother has conveniently disappeared! I cheered!!
Very interested to know what happens with Antonia's visit - that is left unfinished. Bruce made one slight appearance and we learn he is dating a Danish au pair much later on, but I was surprised that he remained in the background. Something must be coming soon on him. And can't wait to learn more about Pat Macgregor.

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lizbit56
Aug 05, 2015

This is my favorite series by Alexander McCall Smith, whose insights into behavior and character remind me of a modern day Jane Austen. Spending time with these characters is like taking a vacation in Scotland.

martins_mom Apr 23, 2015

The latest in McCall-Smith's 44 Scotland Street series. I love Bertie, who is very wise and observant but still child-like.

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pokano
Mar 06, 2015

Bertie finally turns 7, but it's still a long way to 18. Follow him and the continuing adventures of the other charming Scotland Street characters. This book has an air of finality. I hope it's not the end of this perfectly marvelous series.

thebeadedlady Dec 28, 2013

Got to love a Bertie cliffhanger! Hope the next book is published soon

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