This is my review of the book – the World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith.
Though I had not planned to read this book next, I have a small pile of books waiting to be read by my bedside, and this was not in that. I choose this book from our bookshelves as I wanted a book that would hopefully provide some cheer whilst not being too mentally challenging. From the other books that I have read in the series so far, this should meet the criteria. If you want to know why I am choosing such a book just look at the book that I have read previously.
So getting back to the book, this is the ongoing saga of life in 44 Scotland Street, building on the characters that we have met already. This includes Cyril the dog, who is arrested and is potentially under threat of extinction for biting. But it turns out (beware plot spoiler) this is a case of mistaken identity and he is duly freed by the courts.
Bertie of course has a leading role in the book and he now has a baby brother called Ulysses, that is causing chaos in the family. Even more so when (beware plot spoiler) Bertie starts to ponder allowed to various adults including his Dad that Ulysses, looks just like his psychotherapist, that his mother is so keen on.
Berties overpowering mother has the idea that (beware plot spoiler) bertie should play with girls and so arranges this with one of her friends daughters. They play nurses and patients. The nurse taking Berties blood for real. Sadly the consequences of this action could not be foreseen, but I will not give the game away.
There is lots going on with the other characters as well but you will have to read the book to find out what that is.
A good enjoyable read as book 5 week 3 – fiction 5 (0 on audio) non fiction 0
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