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Right Attitude to Rain : Isabel Dalhousie Novels - Alexander McCall Smith

Right Attitude to Rain

Isabel Dalhousie Novels

Paperback Published: October 2009
ISBN: 9780349118055
Number Of Pages: 336

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The key to contentment in the Scottish climate is the right attitude to rain - just as in life the key to happiness lies in making the best of what you have.

Bruised in love by her faithless Irish husband, Isabel Dalhousie is a connoisseur of intimate moral issues: she edits a philosophical journal and spends a great deal of her time considering how to improve the lives of those around her. There is her housekeeper Grace, whose future she must secure; her niece Cat, who is embarking on a new relationship with a dubious workaholic mummy's boy; and even an American couple newly arrived in Edinburgh on a tour.

And then there is Jamie, Cat's ex-boyfriend, a handsome, gifted musician fourteen years Isabel's junior, with whom she is slowly and hopelessly falling in love. Intensely thoughtful and consistently entertaining, The Right Attitude to Rain is shot through with compassion and unassuming intelligence.

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'Delightful ... McCall Smith is a writer who celebrates kindness, in short supply in the world today
Sunday Telegraph

Another McCall Smith gem


As a fan of the Scotland Road series and not that fond of the Ladies Detective agency series I approached this, my first Dalhousie series novel by McCall Smith with caution. Surely he can't sustain a female character as the central character in his renowned comedy of manners novels. Well he does. His usual economy with words and spooky insights into our unspoken insecurities and imagined intrigues are all there in this story of a Scottish divorcee approaching middle age with her daily shopping basket full of fantasies and regrets. Can't wait to pick up the next Dalhousie.

Adelaide, SA


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ISBN: 9780349118055
ISBN-10: 0349118051
Series: Isabel Dalhousie Novels
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: October 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 12.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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Alexander McCall Smith

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers through the world.

The series include the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman, the Sunday Philosophy Club series starring Isabel Dalhousie, the von Igelfeld series, and the new Corduroy Mansions novels.

Alexander is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America.

Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

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