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With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its eighth season in The Scotsman. Will Big Lou find true love at last? Will Bertie's healthy snacks go down well at his school fair? And has Bruce Anderson really won the lottery? It s time to catch up with the delightful goings-on in 44 Scotland StWith customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its eighth season in The Scotsman. Will Big Lou find true love at last? Will Bertie's healthy snacks go down well at his school fair? And has Bruce Anderson really won the lottery? It s time to catch up with the delightful goings-on in 44 Scotland Street!...

Title : Sunshine on Scotland Street
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ISBN : 9781846972324
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Number of Pages : 297 Pages
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Sunshine on Scotland Street Reviews

  • Mary Lins
    2019-02-03 19:15

    Who on earth is going to read this review? No one starts a series with Book 8, and if you are already a fan of Alexander McCall Smith’s, 44 Scotland Street series, (and why wouldn’t you be?) you are certainly going to acquire “Sunshine Over Scotland Street” to add to your collection.Maybe you are reading this because you can’t wait to get the book and you want to make sure that it features Bertie, Olive and Tofu - it does! There is even a scene where Tofu spits down Olive’s neck! That’s worth the price of admission right there, for Bertie fans (and we are legion!) Cyril sees some action and Bruce, the egotistical cad, has quite an adventure. Mathew and Big Lou meet a Danish documentary director, and Irene is as annoying as ever. It’s great! Fans won’t be disappointed.

  • Sarah Asp
    2019-02-08 20:10

    The Scotland Street Series have long been my favorite books and this latest installment was wonderful. Luckily I have the next on my shelf giving me that sense of security that should I have a rubbish day or need something to medicate my soul, it will be there for me. I cannot express just how much I love Alexander McCall Smith. To find a modern author who is not sensational, or trend driven, who has a masterful command of the English language, and seems to understand what it is to be a human being on such a fundamental level is absolutely priceless. I often find myself wishing he were a few decades younger so that he can keep writing for longer but then I realize that re-reading these books over again is going to be just as good. Not that he's going to stop writing soon I hope!

  • Adrienne
    2019-02-14 15:53

    Sometimes you just need to take a break from reading about slavery or the holocaust or other gruesome/tragic topics. Sometimes you just need to read a book about nice people doing and saying nice things. And when you do, you absolutely cannot do better than Alexander McCall Smith. No other living author cheers me up quite as much. Live long and prosper AMS.

  • Carolyn
    2019-01-23 21:16

    3.5 stars. Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series has always been enjoyable as we follow the lives of the characters through the eight books in the series. The author weaves his gentle philosophy and insight into the characters throughout his books. There is great understanding of human nature and interactions. I am finding it frustrating waiting for 6 year old Bertie to turn 18, so he can get away from his horrible controlling mother. Bertie looks forward to that day. Bertie's misadventures are always entertaining but at the same time sad. His decent father is spending time researching DNA on the internet.Has he found a way to finally assert himself and save Bertie to live a normal childhood? It looks like Bruce, the arrogant narcissist has finally met his match, but will the fates ever give him his just desserts? Cyril, the dog, has emerged as a favourite character throughout the series. He has been shifted around to several homes while his owner Angus is on honeymoon with Domenica. The couple are mostly absent in the book, and so is Pat. Looking forward to more adventures of the inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street, but please Mr. Alexander McCall Smith it is time to give Bertie a break!

  • Alison
    2019-02-20 21:05

    Mum had this lying about I picked it up to read while thinking about what to read next. At one time I used to enjoy this series, but now I find it cloying. It's a bit like fast food hamburgers, which I regret every time I eat, but because of this memory I have of how wonderful the first hamburger I ever ate was, I always go back to eat them just one more time. To return to the book.... Is Bertie never to be allowed to grow up? The eternal six-year old is wearing thin. And what used to read like pithy ruminations on everyday moral dilemmas, now seem long-winded and moralizing. Has the author changed, or is it me? There's one character, however, that never changes and I can never get enough of: Cyril the dog. Long may he live.

  • A. Lieberson
    2019-01-22 18:52

    Matthew and Elspeth move their triplets back to Scotland St., Bertie takes care of Cyril while Angus and Domenica are on their honeymoon, but Bertie has to hide Cyril with a friend when Irene wants Cyril to see Dr. St.Clair, and Stuart is looking on the computer for DNA testing. Smith draws us into everyone's daily routines, exciting and sad moments as we continue to peek in on their lives.

  • Sue
    2019-02-05 15:53

    As always on Scotland Street, humor and philosophy abound. Angus and Domenica are finally tying the knot. Angus’ seriously anthropomorphized dog Cyril has adventures when he is left in Edinburgh during their honeymoon. Big Lou is a YouTube hit. And, true to form, McCall Smith has provided one highly unlikely, over-the-top episode. This time round, it was Bruce’s discovery of a doppelgänger for his own true love (himself), and his most fortuitous lottery win. In other words, it’s vintage Scotland Street fare. Who out there could possibly be reading this review? If you know the books, you won’t bother checking a review for Book 8; you’ll just go read it. And if you don’t know the books, you’ll surely want to start with Book 1.I had something new on my mind when I opened Sunshine on Scotland Street. The Scots were faced this year with the issue which confounds them: to separate or not from the UK. I found myself digging for McCall Smith’s observations on being Scottish since in every book he is skillful at finding ways of conveying ideas via his characters. The abstracted but ruminative Angus, in particular, seems often to be a stand-in for the author. In this book, a Danish videographer wants to create a documentary about a typical Scot for Danish television. He finally settles on Big Lou, who fits a stereotype of a rustic rural Scot; Matthew, an art dealer, turns out to be too ordinary and urban. I would surmise that the author is suggesting with humor and good nature that these are both faces of Scotland.One especially amusing exchange imagines a politician in the confession booth. The poor man harbors lingering thoughts not acceptable for a Scottish politician. McCall Smith is kind to both politician and priest:“I must confess, Father, that I have reached the conclusion that some of the things Mrs. Thatcher did were in the best interest of the country.”Silence. “How often have you had these thoughts, my son?”Slight hesitation. “Once or twice a week, Father.”Silence. “My son, you must understand that these thoughts are impure, and you must try to put them out of your mind if they occur to you. Imagine what your family, your friends, your political colleagues would think if they knew that this was what you were thinking.”Always gentle, never strident, Alexander McCall Smith is embracing his Edinburgh.

  • Winnie
    2019-02-13 21:15

    Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series has always been an enjoyable one, full of casual observations and witty remarks and occasionally alarmingly accurate justification and application of humanity's foibles and airs. The latest is no different, but it feels distinctly Scottish (even more so than the previous ones). And despite being a good deal thinner than the others, it has just as big a heart. My only lament is that we're not getting as many POVs as we previously did: I'm still invested in what Pat wants to do with her life, there aren't enough Big Lou-centric chapters, and although due to understandable plot development, there really isn't enough Domenica either. As a result, Sunshine on Scotland Street feels like a brisker read and by the time we're done we feel as if we've only finished the half of something.(also does anyone think that we should've gotten snippets of Angus and Domenica's Jamaican honeymoon, like what we've gotten for Angus, Domenica and Antonia's holiday in Italy?)

  • Ron Johnson
    2019-02-16 20:07

    Just when I thought that there was no room to grow fonder of McCall Smith's writing, the Tales from 44 Scotland Street divine a new depth into the human spirit, capturing new visions into the modern psyche, poking fun of banal human behavior, and espousing universal truths at every step along the way. The development of Angus and Domenica, of Matthew and Elspeth, of Bruce and Big Lou bring surprises to the reader both scintillating and heart-warming. Finally, some of the questions continue to nag at the reader as they do in each book of the series: Will Irene ever get her due? Will Stuart ever step forward as a parent? Will Bruce get his just rewards? And finally, finally, will poor little Bertie ever catch a break? I'll have to read the next book to see what happens.

  • Marianne
    2019-02-10 18:16

    Sunshine on Scotland Street is the eighth book in the popular 44 Scotland Street series by British author, Alexander McCall Smith. Fans of the series will be pleased to once again join the residents of this Edinburgh address and their friends and acquaintances. Bertie Pollock, still six years old and eager to be eighteen, is, as usual, thwarted in the enjoyment of life by his mother, Irene, but is nonetheless, excited to be looking after Cyril while Angus and Domenica are on their honeymoon. Matthew’s skills as a best man are comprehensively tested. Big Lou drops a bombshell, gains a love interest and goes viral. Expert narcissist, Bruce encounters his double and is coerced into a dubious enterprise. Tofu shares his wisdom on honeymoons. Bertie manages to dispose of his crushed strawberry dungarees. Stuart and Irene have a delightful crossed-purpose conversation. There is a wedding, a school fair, a lottery win, the filming of a documentary and dog psychotherapy. With his inimitable gentle philosophy, McCall Smith comments on tartans, Mrs Thatcher, the length of the Scottish summer, putative paternity, the occasionally surprising source of government figures, bacterial colonisation, the purpose of religion, cats, creative statistics, cold showers, material fulfilment, finding meaning in life, the importance of heritage and a sense of community. As always, there are many charming illustrations by Iain McIntosh, and, while Domenica and Angus are absent for much of the novel, the usual gathering and evocative verse that marks the end of the novels in this series is ever present. My favourite quote: “For most of us, life is lived with the philosophical volume turned half down.” There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this entertaining dose of Scotland Street and readers will look forward to the next installment, Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers.

  • Sally
    2019-01-21 15:57

    Although I do like the characters that Alexander McCall Smith creates, and I do go after new books in the Scotland Street and Botswana series as soon as they are published in the US, it seems more and more that his books are mostly platforms for his philosophical musings and not so much about plots and events among the characters. I found myself skimming forward over the philosophical diversions in this book, and in the end a little disappointed at the general lack of progress in the characters' lives. At the end of the book, my favorite character, six-year-old Bertie was rather abruptly left with his father in their plans for a fishing trip in favor of an uninteresting long bit of (supposedly a poem/prose) by Angus at a party after he and Domenica return from their honeymoon trip. And Bruce got involved in a truly weird and unrealistic situation that was not satisfactorily resolved either.I'm not sure if I'll buy any more of this series, even though I want to root for Bertie to find his way out from under his mother's thumb. Maybe in subsequent books someone will review with plot spoilers and I can glean the essence of what is really interesting without having to trudge through the ramblings that feel like listening in to others' trains of thoughts.

  • Laura Walin
    2019-01-25 21:07

    For the most parts of this book I would have given three stars. Unfortunately AMCS cannot resist to build in some philosophical/ethical sidelines into all his books, and in my opinion they just do not fit into this series (they do in the Isabel Dalhousie and to some extent to the Mma Ramotswa ones). These books would be really enjoyable if he could just stick to his unexpectedly absurd description of everyday life of the main characters.

  • Julie
    2019-02-03 13:06

    There is something so moving about these books that are not about much. It is this random group of people who live vaguely in the same area of Edinburgh whose lives bump into each other occasionally. What I love is the soothing narrative that is punctuated with hilarious observations that make me snort laugh in surprise. McCall Smith is a divine writer and he makes me love my goofy dog more than I already do.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-10 19:01

    As much as I enjoy the premise of this series and most of the characters, this time there were too many pages devoted to narcissistic Bruce for my taste. I will certainly continue to follow the Scotland Street gang because I'm dying to know whether Bertie's mother will get her comeuppance and these snippets are like a sorbet course between heavier reading.

  • Clare Coffey
    2019-02-20 15:05

    I really did enjoy this book. The story concerning Bruce was good and a had a really good twist at the end.It's a shame that this twist did not happen in my life. I would recommend this book to friends.

  • zespri
    2019-01-26 19:17

    The next installment from the 44 Scotland Street series by McCall Smith. Hilarious and quirky as usual, a warm easy read. Bertie once again steals the show for me, and sympathy continues to grow for him with each book.

  • Sara
    2019-01-28 18:06

    This one had a bit too much Bruce for me to rate it 4 stars, but it was still a solid offering in the series.

  • Trudy
    2019-01-29 21:07

    I just started the book and have listened to fragments of Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze," and Widor's Toccata from Symphony #5- the music Angus and Domenica have selected for their wedding. I've Google mapped Drummond Place in Edinburgh where Angus's flat is, and looked at an image of James Cowie's "Portrait Group." All this in the first 16 pages. There were other references I wanted to look up, but I really need to get on with the story. I love these characters. McCall Smith puts so much local color into his writing. For example, Bonnybridge, a small town near Edinburgh is the UFO capital of Scotland. (It's true. I Googled it.) I couldn't find a Rootsie Tootsie Club, but I did find a Rootsie Tootsie band. Listened to a YouTube clip of them. W.H. Auden, Oscar Wilde, Caravaggio - the references abound. The following passage is exemplary of what I love about AMS's writing. Cardinal O'Brien has found Cyril, escaped from Ranald's shed, and has taken him back to St. Bennett's for the night, intending to find Cyril's owner in the morning. He bids Cyril goodnight, and "God bless:"It was a kind thing to say to a dog, and a good thing. Because the least of us, the very least, has the same claim as any other to that love, divine or human, which makes our world, in all its turmoil and pain, easier to comprehend, easier to bear." The book seemed to lose momentum in the end. Matthew muses over his dull life, and closes his shop indefinitely. Bruce regrets changing places with Jonathan until he wins 2 million in the office pool, and improbably, agrees to split it when Jonathan catches him trying to make off with the entire sum. Stuart is beginning to wonder why he married Irene, and about the paternity of Ullysses. A few things were left hanging, like Stuart's family car has been sawed in half and made part of an art installation that won the Turner Prize. Big Lou's video went viral. These are both pretty consequential, but the aftermath has been left out. Will Stuart claim his car was stolen and get a replacement from the insurance company? What happens to an individual who has had so much exposure on the web? Did Big Lou's life change? On an aside, I've heard McCall Smith talk about the fact that Bertie has been six for a very long time. MS thinks Bertie is just perfect as he is and doesn't sound like Bertie is going to grow up any time in the near future. In the book, Bertie thinks about being eighteen and doing what he wants. In what I interpret as a wink from McCall Smith to his readers, Bertie thinks, "I've been six for ages and ages- it's not fair."

  • Shirley Thomas
    2019-01-29 16:49

    I waited for this book for so long. It should be said that I should've known things wouldn't turn out the way I wanted them to do but as it always has been with McCall Smith, I was led up the garden path.My biggest reason to read this installment was to find out what's next for Bertie, after that ecstatic moment in the last book. But of course, the sadist that was the author left us hanging until so much later. In one of the first interviews I read about McCall Smith, he did say that many readers rooted for Bertie and hoping that he would finally catch a break and I guess the author knew what he should do with that. Keeping all of us hanging, that is.I found myself skipping some parts with very little guilty feelings. It was annoying to see small doses of indulged, direct preaching — especially when McCall Smith could definitely preach through telling the story. The last part with Matthew's arch was brilliant, it gave us the conclusion to his disappointment without any heavy handed telling involved. The part with Bruce was good too, in that you were reminded again how some people just had all the luck, even when they seemed to be the least deserving person to do so.It was also nice to see more of Cyril this time — where his periodic escape actually turned out a bit fresher.All in all, however, there were a lot of things left hanging: Pat and her father, Big Lou and her viral video, Stuart and his plan for DNA test. I do hope the rumor that this is the last of the 44 Scotland Street series is not true.

  • Wendi
    2019-01-27 15:02

    I have been in the absolutely perfect mood to read some Alexander McCall Smith this summer. If you've read him before you may well understand that one often has to be in the right mood to read McCall Smith. His works are gentle, witty, philosophical, not the fastest moving beasts around. So you have be in that sort of mood - slower, open, eager to eavesdrop on high-minded and clever conversations. McCall Smith (not even sure whether I'm writing that the right way - should it just be Smith?) is a prolific writer. In addition to several stand-alone straight/adaptions/particular-event novels, McCall Smith is the writer of five (FIVE!) separate series. You may well know him from his most populated and most popular series, the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I've sort of held off on that series due to already being in love with the ones I do read and so am thus prejudiced that I couldn't possibly like it as much. I've also held off because... I suspect once I start it I'll be obsessed and speed through. He also wrote the rather obscure (and terminated) Professor Dr. von Igelfeld series (you can access any of these series through the same link as the No. 1 above), Corduroy Mansions (originally serialized in The Scotsman), the Isabel Dalhousie novels and, here, 44 Scotland Street.Read the rest of my review at wanderaven

  • Michael O'Leary
    2019-02-04 20:04

    This is the eighth installment in the 44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith. The latest book continues to be a wonderful character driven saga about the lives of ordinary people in Edinburgh Scotland. In this book the reader finds Angus Lordie and Domenica Macdonald finally tying the marriage knot. Unsurprisingly, Angus is not quite prepared and averting a wedding-day disaster falls to his best man, Matthew. When the newlyweds finally head off on their honeymoon, Angus's dog Cyril goes to stay with the Pollocks—to the delight of one member of the family, six year old Bertie and the utter despair of another. The long-suffering Bertie knows firsthand how stringent his mother's rules can be, and he resolves to help Cyril set off on an adventure. Meanwhile, Big Lou owner of the local coffee shop becomes a viral Internet sensation, and the incurable narcissist Bruce meets his match in the form of a doppelganger neighbor, who proposes a plan that could change both their lives. A truly enjoyable read, I strongly recommend the entire series.

  • Jane Branson
    2019-02-11 13:17

    A delicious way to end my reading year. The Scotland Street novels are light and tidy, and yet beautifully satisfying. Reading one is like meeting up with a group of old friends, about whom it is the greatest pleasure to gossip about afterwards. Favourite quote: "For most of us, life is lived with the philosophical volume turned half down. Yes, the world may be beautiful and intense and moving; yes, the very fact of human existence poses the most extraordinarily profound dilemmas; yes, our every act may involve finely nuanced decisions that have to be made; but we have a bus to catch, but we have a bill to pay, but we have to collect the children from school." There's a new year resolution there somewhere, but hold on... I just need to finish proving I've read the number of books I said I would.

  • Maggie
    2019-01-28 17:02

    i love these gentle stories that alexander mccall smith weaves about a collection of individuals and families on and near scotland street, edinburgh ... highly recommended for relaxing while knitting and having the perfect scottish voice (robert ian mackenzie) read to me the adventures of this ensemble ... his inflections are perfect!

  • Barb Martin
    2019-01-25 17:01

    Life is greener on the other side of the fence. At least, some of Alexander McCall Smith's characters seem to think so in this novel. Honestly, most of his work lately reminds me of a musty, fusty dark room filled with dark, clunky furniture draped in doilies. His books have turned a tad bit into a navel-gazing exercise.

  • Carmen Serra
    2019-01-24 14:05

    Angus and Dominica get married,Cyril has an adventure, Mathew contemplates life, Big Lou goes viral, And Bertie is still 6. This is seemingly mundane but not as told by Alexander McCall Smiths Angus's poems always make me sad because that means this chapters of Scottland St. Is over and we have to wait until next time.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-13 16:12

    I love all Alexander McCall Smiths books and this one is no exception. Bertie is a gorgeous wee soul, I want to kidnap him. And Cyril gets into more hysterical mischief. Stuarts car ends up in an unlikely place. Not to mention the terrible Bruce and his encounter with an erupting boil!

  • Jenna Mills
    2019-02-07 19:07

    Love. Nice to now have been to some of the places mentioned. I can now totally visualise Scotland Street!

  • Nova
    2019-02-06 15:15

    Another hilarious tale of the characters on this street. Bertie continues to delight, a Danish documentary maker comes to town and Bruce gets covered in something disgusting!

  • Arlene Morrell
    2019-01-28 13:00

    This is one of my favorite series. Enjoy the quirky lives of these characters. I have followed the series from the beginning and look forward to another.

  • Trelawn
    2019-01-31 14:56

    A great read, enhanced by having largely being read in Edinburgh.