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Publisher's Summary

As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine.

Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce's first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll.

But fate, an amorous Bedouin and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother Irene to a warmer - if not a better - place, and once again in Scotland Street the triumph of human kindness over adversity gives cause for celebration.

©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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  • C. Pattison
  • 05-05-2015

Perfect holiday reading!

Brilliantly written, funny and well scripted. Characters bought to life by excellent narration. The short chapters made it ideal for my holiday.

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  • Sue
  • 30-11-2014

Poor Bertie

If you could sum up Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers in three words, what would they be?

funny, poignant intriguing

What did you like best about this story?

the way Bertie is portrayed and his wealth of knowledge and experience

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

he brings the characters to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Bertie's reaction to the doll going in the river

Any additional comments?

Bertie has always been my favourite character in this series but I love the way the author interweaves all the characters and their lives. The insights you get into the way they live and their essential character grows with each novel and here we find Bertie maturing whilst still remaining a little boy. Your heart goes out to him as he suffers the indignities his mother forces on him.

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  • F. Walshaw
  • 28-09-2014

My Favourite 44 Scotland St so far

Where does Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a really good read and makes me laugh out loud. I can't wait for the next instalment. I wonder what happens to Irene & I love Bertie it a great characterisation!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers?

Irene trying to eat breakfast wearing a hijab!

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love his change of voice for the different characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes i would like to

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  • Raquel moreno
  • 30-12-2017

Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

Full of enjoyable adventures and positive messages with a lovely poem at the end as a bonus.

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  • Mr William Dewar
  • 02-12-2015

A great place to be.....

Where does Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed 'Bertie's guide to life and mothers' as I have all of the 44 Scotland Street books. I've just downloaded the next one as it happens! It is difficult to rank this book against other books I've listened to because they are so different, however I love being immersed in life in Scotland Street to the point I feel a kind of sense of loss when they finish.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Bertie and his views on life and often laugh out loud and this book did not let me down as he was very prominent throughout. I'm also a fan of Big Lou and would love to go for a coffee in her cafe.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the bit when they were on the scout camping trip and discussing the Massacre at Glencoe and Bertie's friend Ranulph Braveheart Mcpherson not turning out to be quite as brave as his name suggests.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did pretty much.

Any additional comments?

I'm hoping Irene stays in Dubai for a bit longer as I'm enjoying the life of Bertie, Stewart and Ulysses without her domineering presence.