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Publisher's Summary

In the follow-up to My Italian Bulldozer, hapless food writer Paul Stewart once again finds himself trapped in a series of hilarious misunderstandings, this time facing off against the second worst restaurant in France.  

Paul Stewart has returned to Scotland to continue his successful career. His agent and girlfriend, Gloria, has arranged for him to write The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters, a project he relishes but that will have to be delivered in six months. 

It is not going well, as Paul finds his domestic circumstances unsuited to concentrated hard work: Gloria has now moved in with him (not specifically invited) and has brought with her two extremely vocal and demanding Siamese cats. The cats give Paul no peace.  

Beginning to worry that The Philosophy of Food will never be written, Paul calls on the aid of his cousin, Chloe, who suggests a radical course of action. She has taken a six-month lease on a house in a French village not far from Poitiers and invites him to join her there and get the book finished in peace. 

He needs no second bidding, and it is not long before he escapes to France. Once there, however, Paul finds his fortunes tangled up with the fate of one eating establishment in the village: the infamous Second Worst Restaurant in France.

©2019 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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French would say "bof"?

I bought the book because I enjoyed the No1 Ladies' Detective Agency series but I was so disappointed by the story, the narrator.. A big let down. I thought the narrator French accent sounded like an imitation of J. Malkovitch French accent in Johnny English.

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  • yvonne atkins
  • 25-06-2019

The second worse restaurant in France

A beautiful book so well written, so we'll read. An unexpected twist at the end, a happy surprise.

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  • Nicola
  • 08-06-2021

Light relief

What a pleasure to listen to this witty and clever story. Alexander McCall Smith at his reflective best.

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  • Ravenfeather
  • 01-03-2021

Utter drivel

I am a big fan of this author's other work, but although the first book in this particular series was just about tolerable and I did finish it, I am finding this book very boring and the characters dull and unrealistic. I keep trying to get further with it, but just cannot bring myself to continue. Very disappointed.

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  • Eilidh Lawrence
  • 17-10-2020

Not as good as the first one

I really loved My Italian Bulldozer but this lacks that book's quirky charm. Annoying characters.

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  • Leigh
  • 25-09-2020

excellent tale as always from AMcCS.

gentle intrigue, engaging sufficiently to happily while away some hours in lockdown but bright enough to lift the spirits. My favourite narrator is David Rintoul and I did find this narrator a bit jarring until I could hear beyond the voice.

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  • Trish F
  • 14-09-2019

Excellent

An appreciation of good food, literature and the differences between Scottish, English and French cultural attitudes are woven through this satisfying story of events in a small French village

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  • Patricia Schlechter
  • 14-09-2019

Happy customer

Great fan of the author and this didn't disappoint and the narrators voice was perfect

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  • CAM
  • 03-08-2019

Wonderful

This is a wonderfully funny book and once again an exploration of relationships. Thank you AMS for your wit and insight into people

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