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The Right Attitude To Rain

Good Housekeeping Book Awards, 2007

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780748110766

Price: £8.99

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.

Reviews

Brimming with discreet charm
Mail on Sunday
Like [Barbara] Pym, McCall Smith believes that the small stuff in life matters
Scotsman