Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

A 44 Scotland Street Novel

Book - 2015
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"Newlywed painter and sometime somnambulist Angus Lordie might be sleepwalking his way into trouble with Animal Welfare when he lets his dog Cyril drink a bit too much lager at the local bar. The longsuffering Bertie, on the cusp of his seventh birthday party, has taken to dreaming about his eighteenth, a time when he will be able to avoid the indignity of unwanted girl attendees and the looming threat of a gender-neutral doll from his domineering mother Irene"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2015
ISBN: 9780804170000
0804170002
Characteristics: 295 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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dougslater
Jun 30, 2016

I love this series of books by McCall Smith. Bertie finally has his 7th birthday! Fun easy enlightening reading

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singasong70
Jan 07, 2016

Which seems to be about how much better Bertie's life is now that his mother's been banished to the netherworld of desert and sand - which she's a fan of apparently.

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1_Great_Book
Aug 18, 2015

Charming, as always.
Bertie is finally 7 and his mother has conveniently disappeared! I cheered!!
Very interested to know what happens with Antonia's visit - that is left unfinished. Bruce made one slight appearance and we learn he is dating a Danish au pair much later on, but I was surprised that he remained in the background. Something must be coming soon on him. And can't wait to learn more about Pat Macgregor.

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lizbit56
Aug 05, 2015

This is my favorite series by Alexander McCall Smith, whose insights into behavior and character remind me of a modern day Jane Austen. Spending time with these characters is like taking a vacation in Scotland.

martins_mom Apr 23, 2015

The latest in McCall-Smith's 44 Scotland Street series. I love Bertie, who is very wise and observant but still child-like.

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pokano
Mar 06, 2015

Bertie finally turns 7, but it's still a long way to 18. Follow him and the continuing adventures of the other charming Scotland Street characters. This book has an air of finality. I hope it's not the end of this perfectly marvelous series.

thebeadedlady Dec 28, 2013

Got to love a Bertie cliffhanger! Hope the next book is published soon

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