44 Scotland Street 02 Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith

By Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith’s many enthusiasts can be proud of this most recent installment within the bestselling forty four Scotland highway sequence.   again are all our favourite denizens of a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh. Bertie the immensely gifted six yr outdated is now enrolled in kindergarten, and lots more and plenty to his dismay, has been clad in purple overalls for his first day of sophistication. Bruce has misplaced his task as a surveyor, and among admiring glances within the reflect, is considering changing into a wine service provider. Pat is embarking on a brand new existence at Edinburgh collage and maybe on a brand new dating, courtesy of Domenica, her witty and worldly-wise neighbor. McCall Smith has a lot in shop for them because the short spell of wonderful summer time sunshine offers strategy to fall a season cursed with extra routinely Scottish weather.Full of McCall Smith’s mild humor and sympathy for his characters, coffee stories can also be an affectionate portrait of a urban and its those that, within the author’s personal phrases, “make it the most brilliant and engaging locations within the world.”

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A Bus for Bertie “We have to reach a decision,” said Irene Pollock, mother of Bertie, and neighbour, one floor down, of Pat, Bruce and Domenica. She looked at her husband and waited for him to speak. 33 34 A Bus for Bertie He was sitting in the chair which he liked to occupy near one of the windows of the sitting room, immediately under the small reproduction Warhol which Irene had bought for him at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He had not been listening closely to what Irene was saying, as he had been thinking about a row which had blown up at the office – Stuart was a statistician in the Scottish Executive – and there had been an intense discussion in an internal meeting of how figures might be presented.

The A Bus for Bertie 23 or the 27. ” Stuart shrugged. ” he asked. “The 27,” said Irene. “Both the 23 and the 27 go up Dundas Street and on to Tollcross. ” “Oh,” said Stuart. Irene looked out of the window, staring, while she spoke, at a window on the other side of the street. A woman stood at this window, brushing her hair. “If he took the 23,” Irene went on, “he would get off in Bruntsfield and then walk along Merchiston Crescent and down Spylaw Road. It would take him about ten minutes to reach the school gate.

Even the Pentland Hills would have done. He had heard that there were lochs there in which you could catch trout. A boy who lived in Fettes Row had told Bertie that he went there with his father and they had both caught two trout. It was easy, said the boy; you put the fly in the water and the trout jumped out and ate it. “Even somebody like you could do it,” the boy went on. ” Bertie asked his mother. “That boy who lives in Fettes Row went fishing with his dad and caught two trout. You like trout, Mummy.

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