First published in 110 episodes in The Scotsman newspaper, 44 SCOTLAND STREET revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in the author's home city of Edinburgh. One of McCall Smith's particular talents is his ability to portray archetypes without resorting to stereotype or cliche. We immediately recognise the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian. Then there is Domenica Macdonald who is that type of Edinburgh lady who sees herself as a citizen of a broader intellectual world. 44 SCOTLAND STREET is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch.
Abridged on 5 CDs, approx 6 hours. reader Blythe Duff.
'As charming as the bohemian street in which it's set.' SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD 'It is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging...[his] novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling' Craig Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY 'A treasure of a writer whose books deserve immediate devouring' Marcel Berlins, GUARDIAN 'a hilarious yet sharply insightful tale of middle-class Edinburgh ... a joyous, charming portrait of city life and human foibles' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Addicts of McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe novels will recognise the gentle humour ... of his latest work' TIMES
Alexander McCall Smith is a Professor of Medical Law as well as an author who has written over 50 books on a wide range of subjects. His extraordinary fan base now ranges from Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chilli Peppers lead singer) to Martina Navratilova and Alex James (from Blur).