44 Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith

Having read both the Ladies Detective Agency and Sunday Philosophy Club series, I felt that this was essential reading.Alexander McCall Smith doesn’t disappoint with the same style of warm characters populating his Edinburgh in 44 Scotland Street.

The story tells of the interweaving lives of the residents of the flats in the house, from a small boy with a pushy mother through a flat share with residents in their twenties to an anthropologist in her sixties. The observations on their relationships and lives are humane comforting as they weave together a story, always looking for the best in human nature.

This was initially written as a daily serialisation in The Scotsman, so each chapter is read from a different perspective, which allows for short overlaps between the chapters without repetition. This does have a slight impact on the flow of the book, but it is still easy to read. Best enjoyed with a glass of red wine or a mug of hot chocolate after a hard day at work!

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