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.
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Another Scotland St delight
I so love the stories of Bertie and the Scotland St residents. As always, Alexander McCall Smith writes humorously, gently but not maliciously, poking fun at political correctness and thoughtlessness. In this book, Bertie finally gets a taste of freedom, and Bruce's vanity rebounds badly.
Another delightful addition to my library of Scotland St, which is my favourite series of the many charming collections of stories from this creative and clever author.