Corduroy Mansions : Cordouroy Mansions

  • by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: Cordouroy Mansions
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency comes this serialized novel—reminiscent of his acclaimed 44 Scotland Street.
In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever”. But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot. There’s the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend, and Freddie de la Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on wearing a seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London.
Filled with the ins and outs of neighborliness in all its unexpected variations, Corduroy Mansions showcases the life, laughter, and humanity that have become the hallmarks of Alexander McCall Smith’s work.


What the Critics Say

"[A] daily laugh-out-loud treat on my journey into work.” (Bookseller)
"Smith's charming first in a new series offers a variation on his 44 Scotland Street books, centering on the eccentric occupants of Corduroy Mansions and their offbeat doings....[T]he wry humor he elicits from the collisions of lives and their repercussions will bring smiles to the faces of many readers." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Oedipus Snark, MP

If that name made you smile, this book is for you. I admit that I put this one aside when it came out because it didn't seem on par with the 44 Scotland Street series (which it resembles in format), but after a bad week at work, I needed a cheering listen and re-loaded it. Two hours later, my husband thought I was in some kind of distress when he found me writhing on the couch, guffawing. I've already downloaded the second in the series from Audible and (if you hurry) the Telegraph is still running the podcast of novel 3 on itunes. Even if you miss the podcast for #3, I suspect that, like novel 1, the other installments are worth a credit. I'm saving #2 and #3 for those times when I start to dislike humanity -- McCall Smith puts all the "small stuff" in perspective so that I can return to work with a smile.

It may take a few chapters to enter the world of Cordroy Mansions, but oh - what a remedy for a bad day at the office! We all know an Oedipus Snark! (and my colleagues probably think it's me...)
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Still good, yet far from the best.

I am a big fan of Mr. Alexander McCall Smith, but, after having listened to Corduroy Mention, I felt a bit disappointed. It resembles the 44 Scotland street series in its setup, well, only it takes place in London. However, it is much flatter than the Edinburgh-placed stories: the characters are harder to engage with, there are too many of the second-plan people and stories, and London is not really present, not even in the background (and one expects the location to play at least some role in McCall Smith???s books). To me, the book felt busy and lacking depth, and some story lines were left uncompleted or not fully realized, or not connected to each other in any meaningful way.
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- Svetlana "CBETA"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books