Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in Londons vibrant Pimlico neighborhood, and the home turf of a new cast of captivating, quirky, and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. Theres the middle-aged wine merchant William, whos trying to convince his reluctant twenty-four-year-old son, Eddie, to leave the nest; and Marcia, the restaurant propriatrix who has her sights set on William. There's also the (justifiably) much-loathed member of Parliament, Oedipus Snark; his mother, Berthea, whos writing his biography and loathing every minute of him; and his long-suffering girlfriend, Barbara, a literary agent who would like to be his wife (but, then, she'd like to be almost anyones wife). Theres the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend, and the Pimlico terrier, Freddie de la Haye, who can fasten his own seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London.
The comings and goings, the face-to-face and behind-the-back meetings and misses, the in and outs of neighborliness in all its unexpected variationshere is a new world for us to enter, filled with all the life, laughter, and humanity that we have come to expect from Alexander McCall Smith.
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"Smith paints with broader strokes than ... in the Ladies' Detective Agency series, and no one character is especially memorable, but the wry humor he elicits ... will bring smiles to the faces of many readers." - Publishers Weekly
"Wry, witty and wise, it's sure to become another best-selling series in McCall Smith's impressive dossier." - Booklist
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Alexander McCall Smith began the now highly successful 'No 1 Ladies Detective
Agency' series in 1996, after being inspired by the sight of a 'traditionally
built' Botswanan lady chasing down a chicken for a meal. The first book in
the series - 'The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency' was published in the UK
in 1998 but didn't arrive in the USA until 2001.
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