The Revolving Door of Life

The Revolving Door of Life

eBook - 2015
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Things are looking up for seven-year-old Bertie Pollock. The arrival of his spirited grandmother and the absence of his meddlesome mother—who is currently running a book club in a Bedouin harem (don't ask)—bring unforeseen blessings: no psychotherapy, no Italian lessons, and no yoga classes. Meanwhile, surprises await Scotland Street's grown-ups. Matthew makes a discovery that could be a major windfall for his family, but also presents a worrisome dilemma. Pat learns a secret about her father's fiancée that may shake up her family, unless she can convince the perpetually narcissistic Bruce to help her out. And the Duke of Johannesburg finds himself in sudden need of an explanation—and an escape route—when accosted by a determined guest at a soirée. From the cunning schemes of the Association of Scottish Nudists to the myriad expressive possibilities of the word "aye," Alexander McCall Smith guides us through the risks and rewards of friendship, love, and family with his usual inimitable wit and irresistible charm.
Publisher: Edinburgh : Polygon, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345811714
Characteristics: 1 online resource (281 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain


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May 08, 2019

These books are so charming. The writing is fun and witty and smart. It makes for a great read.

Jan 24, 2019

This was read by the book club but we were in Arizona when they discussed it. Lots of references to mythology and classic writers' quotes which were hard to follow at times, but insightful, humorous and interesting. Set in Edinburgh.

Oct 31, 2016

I always enjoy rooting for Bertie. He was quite freed of his horrible mother in this one. The other characters kind of took a back seat this go-round.

PimaLib_MaryG Sep 11, 2016

Bertie is seven now and has a grandma. Matthew and Elspeth discover a secret room in their new house. Bruce continues to be Bruce. Silly and fun, with some good commentary about hand sanitizer.

Aug 05, 2016

44 Scotland Street just keeps getting better and better. I love this series.

May 16, 2016

When I read a book, I either want it to entertain me, or take me somewhere new. Fates and Furies seemed to sit like a rock on my Kindle. It didn’t entertain me and the place it took me was not a place I wanted to go. This was a book I trudged through because I saw it on a number of lists. Maybe it’s aimed not at some retired reader, but a younger person who is still creating their life. I kept wanting to say “GROW UP.” Enough with the sex and the non-responsibility. The book was character driven but I could not create empathy for any of the characters except Aunt Susie. She seemed real and grounded in this world of wealth.

May 02, 2016

Made me laugh out loud! More entertaining than is decent!

Apr 17, 2016

Amazing, complex characters. Love this series.

Mar 28, 2016

What I enjoyed most about this instalment was Bertie finally having some of his dearest wishes granted and being free of his truly awful mother.

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