Corduroy Mansions (Corduroy Mansions, Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith

By Alexander McCall Smith


In the Corduroy Mansions sequence of novels, set in London’s hip Pimlico local, we meet a solid of captivating eccentrics, together with probably the world’s such a lot smart terrier, who make their domestic in a good-looking, notwithstanding a little bit dilapidated, condo block. 

Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London’s bright Pimlico local and the house turf of a charming number of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There’s the middle-aged wine service provider William, who’s attempting to persuade his reluctant twenty-four-year-old son, Eddie, to go away the nest; and Marcia, the boutique caterer who has her attractions set on William. There’s additionally the (justifiably) much-loathed Member of Parliament Oedipus Snark; his mom, Berthea, who’s writing his biography and hating each minute of it; and his long-suffering female friend, Barbara, a literary agent who want to be his spouse (but, then, she’d wish to be virtually anyone’s wife). There’s the nutrition evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the artwork scholar with a perplexing boyfriend and Freddie de los angeles Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on donning a seat belt and is sort of definitely the single avowed vegetarian canines in London.
Filled with the fine details of neighborliness in all its unforeseen diversifications, Corduroy Mansions showcases the existence, laughter and humanity that experience develop into the hallmarks of Alexander McCall Smith’s work. 

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