The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

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The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  

Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie.
With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters--all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh.

Publisher: New York :, Anchor Books
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780307373069
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Sep 09, 2018

I love all of this author’s book series and emailed the provided email to tell him so. I got a very nice reply from them and I hope he puts out more. They give you a true feeling of being in this part of Scotland, I felt part of this local area and got quite attached to these characters.

Apr 12, 2013

Great book! Highly enjoying this series. I'm most interested in the character Bertie and his neurotic mother Irene. The rest of the characters are just as interesting and complex.

AuntJane Nov 21, 2011

After reading the series, you feel connected to these characters and their interesting stories and opinions - I wish I had my own Big Lou's coffeeshop!

Mar 07, 2011

Enjoyable continuation of the interwoven stories of a unique set of characters in Edinburgh. witty, lightly satirical and very well written. A delight

Dec 02, 2010

Charming accounts of the residents of and around 44 Scotland Street, with gentle barbs aimed at modern trends.

Oct 13, 2010

Great title! I heard about this book on GetGlue:

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