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Author McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Title Corduroy mansions / Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh.
Published New York : Pantheon Books, c2009.
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 Floor4  PR6063.C326 C67 2010    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description 353 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Summary Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There's the middle-aged wine merchant William, who's trying to convince his reluctant twenty-four-year-old son, Eddie, to leave the nest; and Marcia, the boutique caterer who has her sights set on William. There's also the (justifiably) much-loathed Member of Parliament Oedipus Snark; his mother, Berthea, who's writing his biography and hating every minute of it; and his long-suffering girlfriend, Barbara, a literary agent who would like to be his wife (but, then, she'd like to be almost anyone's wife). There's the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend and Freddie de la Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on wearing a seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London.
Subject Neighborhoods -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Pimlico (London, England) -- Fiction.
Mansions -- England -- London -- Fiction.
City and town life -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Terriers -- Fiction.
Genre Humorous stories, English.
Related Names McIntosh, Iain, ill.
ISBN 0307379086 (hbk.)
9780307379085 (hbk.)
OCLC number 457147984