The Importance of Being Seven, Paperback Book
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Despite inhabiting a great city renowned for its impeccable restraint, the extended family of 44 Scotland Street is trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence.

Matthew and Elspeth receive startling - and expensive - news on a visit to the Infirmary, Angus and Domenica are contemplating an Italian menage a trois, and even Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery.

But when Bertie Pollock - six years old and impatient to be seven - mislays his meddling mother Irene one afternoon, a valuable lesson is learned: that wish-fulfilment is a dangerous business.Warm-hearted, wise and very funny, The Importance of Being Seven brings us a fresh and delightful set of insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh's most loveable residents.


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The Importance of Being Seven is the sixth in the Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith. Once again we join the residents and friends of 44 Scotland Street. Domenica and Angus go to Italy with Antonia; Bruce’s new leaf seems to have ended as he reverts to type; Matthew and Elspeth get some life-changing news; Bertie longs to be 7, rr better still, 18; Elspeth shows she has backbone; Irene gives Bertie a lesson in the meaning of “always”; Pat reappears with some sage advice for Mathew; and Bertie gets some moments of pleasure with Stuart. Throughout, McCall-Smiths gentle philosophy provokes thought and often, laughter. A delight to read.

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