The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith

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The bestselling 44 Scotland Street series continues. Pat is forced to deal with the reappearance of Bruce, Angus Lordie’s dog, Cyril, has been taken away by the authorities, Big Lou is still looking for love and Bertie, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy and saxophonist, now has a little brother, Ulysses, who he can only hope will distract his mother, Irene. Beautifully observed, cleverly detailed, and complete with illustrations by Iain McIntosh, this is classic McCall Smith and a treat for his avid fans as well as his first time readers.

Vintage: 2008.
ISBN: 9780307397089. 368 pp.
Softcover. Very good.