The Revolving Door of Life
by: Alexander McCall Smith
For seven-year-old Bertie Pollock, life in Edinburgh has just got immeasurably better. The enforced absence of his endlessly pushy mother Irene - currently consciousness-raising in a Bedouin harem (don't ask) - has manifold and immediate blessings: no psychotherapy, no Italian lessons and no yoga classes. Bliss. For Scotland Street's grown-ups, life throws up some new dilemmas. Matthew makes a discovery that could leave him even richer but also leaves him worried. Pat makes one that could make her poorer and her father miserable - unless narcissist Bruce, can help her out. And the Duke of Johannesburg, we discover, isn't exactly who he says he is. From what happens behind Edinburgh airport's luggage carousel to manoeuverings at the Association of Scottish Nudists, plunge into the eccentric and unexpected side of Edinburgh life.