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Publisher's Summary

The 12th instalment in the beloved and perennially best-selling 44 Scotland Street series.
If only Pat Macgregor had an inkling of the embarrassment - romantic, professional, even aesthetic - that flowed from accepting narcissistic ex-boyfriend Bruce Anderson's invitation for coffee, she would never have said yes. And if only Matthew, her boss at the art gallery, hadn't wandered into his local bookshop and picked up a particular book at a particular time, he would never have knocked over his former English teacher or attracted the attentions of the police.
Whether caused by small things such as a cup of coffee and a book or major events such as Stuart's application for promotion and his wife Irene's decision to go off and study for a PhD in Aberdeen, change is coming to serial fiction's favourite street. But for three seven-year-old boys - Bertie Pollock, Ranald Braveheart Macpherson and Big Lou's foster son Finlay - it also means a getting a glimpse of perfect happiness.
Alexander McCall Smith's delightfully witty, wise and sometimes surreal comedy spirals out to include tennis-playing Rwandan Forest People, research into levitating Celtic saints, bogus headhunters in Papua New Guinea and primary school performances of Beckett. But its heart remains where it has always been true to life: love and laughter in Edinburgh's New Town.
©2017 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging...[his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling." ( Mail on Sunday)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gillian Hollis on 01-04-18

Another delightful Scotland street tale

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this delightful book - the reader was excellent- well done

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5 out of 5 stars
By flytiki on 12-18-17

Another brilliant installment of 44 Scotland Stree

Wonderful catch up with the residents especially young Bertie. Like meeting up with old friends, comforting and entertaining a lovely listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-04-18

Goodbye Irene ?

This is the usual for 44 Scotland Street, which is to say very good. If you enjoyed the preceding eleven books, and you wouldn't be here otherwise, you will appreciate the author's gentle and enlightened but nevertheless tough approach to life and relationships.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sarah on 12-27-17

heart warming humour

Another great story from scotland street. I knew stuart had it in him! maybe bertie doesnt have to wait until he's eighteen to be happy

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