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Book Review: The Importance Of Being Seven

Cover of "44 Scotland Street"

Cover of 44 Scotland Street

The Importance Of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith is another  novel in his delightful 44 Scotland Street series. There are six books in the series so far.

The usual cast of characters are there Bertie and his awful mother Irene , and his long-suffering Dad, Stuart. Poor Bertie is perennially six which is such a lovely age. Even in this book he doesn’t get to seven, though he very excited about the prospect. He dreams of being free and able to make his own decisions, not have his life run totally by his mother.

The painter Angus Lordie and Domenica MacDonald, the anthropologist,  go off to Italy  for a break. They take Angus’s dog Cyril who has a gold tooth, and a penchant for biting people on the ankle.(Well he fantasies about it anyway.)

Matthew the owner of the art gallery and his wife Elspeth are expecting their first child.

I love the way McCall Smith writes it is so simple,witty, and elegant. The characters are drawn with love and compassion and a touch of humor.

A good book to snuggle up with your favorite cat or dog,  and have a nice hot cuppa.


2 comments on “Book Review: The Importance Of Being Seven

  1. sharechair
    October 5, 2012

    I have this series on my “to read” list, having read a number of the “Lady Detective” series. Your review reminds me how much I enjoyed that read. I’ll have to get to this sooner rather than later. Thanks!


    • Judy
      October 7, 2012

      All his books are lovely they are so gentle and kind. 🙂


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