A Work of Beauty

Alexander McCall Smith's Edinburgh
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781902419909
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
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HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE. "I love this city, and always shall. I write about it. I dream about it. I walk its streets and see something new each day - traces of faded lettering on the stone, still legible, but just; some facade that I have walked past before and not noticed; an unregarded doorway with the names, in brass, of those who lived there sixty years ago, the bell-pulls sometimes still in place, as if one might summon long-departed residents from their slumbers." Edinburgh is a city of stories - a place that has witnessed everything from great historical upheavals, to the individual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Every spire, cobblestone, bridge, close and avenue has a tale to tell. In this sumptuous new book, Alexander McCall Smith curates his own, distinctive story of Edinburgh - combining his affectionate, incisive wit with a wealth of stunning imagery drawn from Scotland's national collection of architecture and archaeology.

Ein Kürbis für Mma Ramotswe


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783431037050
Category: Botswana
Page: 298
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Mma Ramotswe und ihre pfiffige Assistentin müssen sich nicht nur um einen verschwundenen Dieb, den aufmüpfigen Lehrling Charlie und seine Frauengeschichten kümmern, sondern stehen auch privat vor grossen Herausforderungen. - 6. Fall für die Detektivin aus Botswana.

44 Scotland Street


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453431928
Category: Apartment houses
Page: 448
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Ein Krokodil für Mma Ramotswe

der erste Fall der "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Author: Alexander McCall Smith,Gerda Bean
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783485008709
Category:
Page: 236
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Mma Ramotswe und der verschollene Bruder

Roman
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453435490
Category:
Page: 285
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Hausgeflüster

Neues aus der 44 Scotland Street ; Roman
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453811195
Category:
Page: 476
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Keine Konkurrenz für Mma Ramotswe

Neues von der No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency ; Roman
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783404155170
Category:
Page: 252
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Die verschmähten Schriften des Professor von Igelfeld

Roman
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453434202
Category:
Page: 463
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The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1405520590
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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As Botswana awaits the familiar blessing of the rains and the resumption of the eternal cycle, seismic upheaval is taking place at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Not only is Mr J. L. B. Matekoni attempting to reform himself into a modern husband, but after her marriage to Phuti Radiphuti, Mma Ramotswe's challenging but irreplaceable associate Mma Makutsi has joyful news. With the arrival of an heir to the Double Comfort furniture empire and Mma Makutsi busy with motherhood, Mma Ramotswe must tackle tea-making and detective work alone. Well-known troublemaker Violet Sephotho may or not be behind a smear campaign against the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, and a dispute over the will of a local dignitary points to a shocking family secret. But the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is resilient and adaptable, and change brings salutary lessons: that our enemies are not always obvious, that a snake under the bed may be an ally, and that a mother's love conquers all.

Blaue Schuhe für eine Kobra

Roman
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453434097
Category:
Page: 287
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Die Seelen der Toten

Ein Inspector-Rebus-Roman 10
Author: Ian Rankin
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641113938
Category: Fiction
Page: 576
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Ein Fehler von Detective Inspector Rebus führt zur Vorverurteilung eines Kindermörders in der Presse – eine heikle Situation für die Edinburgher Polizei. Doch das ist nicht das einzige Problem das Rebus beschäftigt. Der Tod eines Freundes und das Schicksal seiner gelähmten Tochter quälen ihn. Zu allem Überfluss muss er auch noch den frisch entlassenen Serienkiller Cary Oakes überwachen, damit er nicht auch ein Opfer der Öffentlichkeit wird. Cary Oakes nutzt die Gelegenheit für ein so perfides wie makaberes Versteckspiel mit dem Inspector ...

Ein Fallschirm für Mma Ramotswe

Roman
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783404157402
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Mma Ramotswe, die liebenswürdige Privatdetektivin aus Botswana muss ihrem langjährigen Verlobten, dem Besitzer von Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, zur Seite stehen. Als er von der Leiterin eines Waisenhauses mit dem Vorschlag überrumpelt wird, bei einer Wohltätigkeitsveranstaltung mit einem Fallschirm abzuspringen, sind ihre Menschenkenntnis und ihr Ideenreichtum gefragt. Denn der schüchterne Mr. Matekoni will sich auf gar keinen Fall vom Himmel stürzen ... Jede Zeile dieses Romans ist erfüllt von Weisheit, Poesie und feinem Humor. Alexander McCall Smith wurde für dieses Buch mit dem "Saga Award for Wit" ausgezeichnet.

Das Mädchen, das einen Löwen heiratete


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Verlag)
ISBN: 9783404154302
Category: Fiction
Page: 200
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Die besondere Magie Afrikas, dessen Vielfalt und Reichtum - in diesem Erzählband wird all dies von dem berühmten Autor der Mma-Ramotswe-Serie auf wunderschöne Weise eingefangen. In dem ihm eigenen Tonfall, voller Überraschungen und Humor, gibt Alexander McCall Smith die Volkserzählungen Botswanas wieder, und wir lernen eine Welt von weisen Tieren und geheimisvollen Kräften kennen, deren oberstes Gebot die Harmonie zwischen Mensch und Natur ist. Ein Lesegenuss - und eine Liebeserklärung an den afrikanischen Kontinent!

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307476746
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 5 The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother. Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie. With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters--all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Neun Tage

Roman
Author: Toni Jordan
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 349296799X
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Es gibt Tage, die verändern das ganze Leben. Von neun dieser schicksalhaften Tage im Leben einer Familie erzählt Toni Jordan in ihrem preisgekrönten Roman. Alles beginnt mit dem jungen Kip, der mit seinen Geschwistern in einem heruntergekommenen Vorort von Melbourne aufwächst. An einem heißen Sommerabend trifft er die bezaubernde Annabel, eigentlich die Tanzpartnerin seines Bruders, doch an diesem Tag verlieben sie sich. Als Kip fünfzig Jahre später erfährt, dass seine Tochter Charlotte schwanger ist, weckt das in ihm Erinnerungen an einen anderen folgenreichen Tag im Leben seiner Familie: den Tod seiner geliebten Schwester. Ein unsichtbarer Faden verbindet ihr Schicksal mit dem von Charlotte, ein Faden, der erst im Geflecht der ganzen Familiengeschichte sichtbar wird. Kunstvoll führt Toni Jordan die Stränge zusammen und zeigt die verborgenen Kräfte, die eine Familie im Innersten zusammenhalten.

The Fifties Mystique


Author: Jessica Mann
Publisher: The Cornovia Press
ISBN: 190887807X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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Many young women 'long to put the clock back to the post-war years when life seemed prettier and nicer.' In this book Jessica Mann demolishes such preconceptions about their mothers' or grandmothers' young days, showing that in reality life was uglier and nastier. Born just before WW2, she grew up in the post-war era of austerity, restrictions and hypocrisy, before anyone even dreamed of Women's Lib. The Fifties Mystique is both a personal memoir and a polemic. In explaining the lives of pre-feminists to the post-feminists of today, Mann discusses the period's very different attitudes to sex, childbirth, motherhood and work, describes how she and other young women lived in that distant world with its forgotten restrictions and warns against taking hard-won rights for granted.

The Lost Art of Gratitude


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307378578
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 6 Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective. Whether investigating a case or a problem of philosophy, the indefatigable Isabel Dalhousie, one of fiction’s most richly developed amateur detectives, is always ready to pursue the answers to all of life’s questions, large and small. The sensational sixth installment in the best-selling chronicles of the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie finds our inquisitive heroine and new mother racing two very troublesome people from her past. Isabel’s son, Charlie, is only eighteen months, but his social life is already kicking into high gear, and it's at a birthday party, where Isabel is approached by Minty Auchterlonie, an old adversary and now a high-flying financier. Minty, it seems, is having trouble in her personal life, and seeks Isabel's help. To make matters worse, the anything but peaceable Professor Dove has accused Isabel's journal of plagiarism. There is also the ever-pressing question of the future of her relationship with Jamie. As always, she makes her way toward the heart of each problem by philosophizing, sleuthing, and downright snooping as only she can. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Trains and Lovers

A Novel
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307908550
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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The rocking motion of the train as it speeds along, the sound of its wheels on the rails . . . There’s something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation, which is just what happens to the four strangers who meet in Trains and Lovers. As they journey by rail from Edinburgh to London, the four travelers pass the time by sharing tales of trains that have changed their lives. A young, keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a female coworker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an eighteenth-century painting. An Australian woman shares how her parents fell in love and spent their life together running a railroad siding in the remote Australian Outback. A middle-aged American patron of the arts sees two young men saying goodbye in a train station and recalls his own youthful crush on another man. And a young Englishman describes how exiting his train at the wrong station allowed him to meet an intriguing woman whom he impulsively invited to dinner—and into his life. Here is Alexander McCall Smith at his most enchanting, exploring the nature of love—and trains—in a collection of romantic, intertwined stories. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

The Double Comfort Safari Club


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748111107
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are called to a safari lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta to carry out a delicate mission on behalf of a former guest. The Okavango makes Precious appreciate once again the beauty of her homeland: it is a paradise of teeming wildlife, majestic grasslands and sparkling water. However, it is also home to rival safari operators, fearsome crocodiles and disgruntled hippopotamuses. What's more, Mma Makutsi still does not have a date for her wedding to Phuti Radiphuti and is feeling rather tetchy herself. But Precious knows that with a little patience, just as the wide river will gently make its way round any obstacle, so will everything work out for the best in the end . . .

Ballettschuhe


Author: Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag
ISBN: 3646920157
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 272
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Pauline will eine berühmte Schauspielerin werden, Petrova interessiert sich für Flugzeuge und schnelle Autos und die kleine Posy würde am liebsten Tag und Nacht tanzen. Die drei Fossil-Schwestern sind wirklich ganz schön verschieden. Deswegen geht es in Großonkel Matthews gemütlichem Haus auch oft sehr trubelig zu. Doch in einem sind sich die drei einig: Egal, was passiert - sie werden immer zusammenhalten. "Einer der ersten Romane von Mädchen, die ihr Leben unerschrocken und vergnügt selbst in die Hand nehmen. Ein reines Vergnügen, diesen Klassiker wieder zu lesen oder neu zu entdecken." (Sybil Gräfin Schönfeldt)