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As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine.
Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce's first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll.
But fate, an amorous Bedouin and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother Irene to a warmer - if not a better - place, and once again in Scotland Street the triumph of human kindness over adversity gives cause for celebration.
©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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By C. Pattison on 05-05-15

Perfect holiday reading!

Brilliantly written, funny and well scripted. Characters bought to life by excellent narration. The short chapters made it ideal for my holiday.

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By Sue on 11-30-14

Poor Bertie

If you could sum up Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers in three words, what would they be?

funny, poignant intriguing

What did you like best about this story?

the way Bertie is portrayed and his wealth of knowledge and experience

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

he brings the characters to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Bertie's reaction to the doll going in the river

Any additional comments?

Bertie has always been my favourite character in this series but I love the way the author interweaves all the characters and their lives. The insights you get into the way they live and their essential character grows with each novel and here we find Bertie maturing whilst still remaining a little boy. Your heart goes out to him as he suffers the indignities his mother forces on him.

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