About the book
In Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith returns home to Edinburgh and the glorious cast of his own tales of the city, the residents of 44 Scotland Street, with a new set of challenges for each one of them. Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a new career as a wine merchant, while his long-suffering flatmate Pat MacGregor, set up by matchmaking Domenica Macdonald, finds herself invited to a nudist picnic in Moray Place in the pursuit of true love. Prodigious six-year-old Bertie Pollock wants a boy’s life of fishing and rugby, not yoga and pink dungarees, and he plots rebellion against his bossy, crusading mother Irene and his psychotherapist Dr Fairbairn.
Reviewed by Bidbury Mead WI
An excellent book for our first read. Kept most of us turning the pages avidly. All of us sympathised with Bertie – the trip to Glasgow/meeting with Lard O’Connor our favourite section. We could have done without Ramsey Dunbarton’s memoirs.
Star rating ***