Corduroy Mansions

Corduroy Mansions

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2009]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780307379085
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCALLSMI 2009
Characteristics: 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain - Illustrator


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(First book in Corduroy mansions series) Describes the antics of the residents and visitors at Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico, from nasty Liberal Democrat MP Oedipus Snark to the newest resident, Pimlico Terrier Freddie de la Hay.

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Dec 28, 2016

Like other readers I enjoy McCall-Smith's stories as a great way to pass a rainy/snowy day with a cast of entertaining characters. I hope this is the beginning of a new series by this author. It is not great literature but just very comfortable, easy reading with interesting characters leading more or less mundane lives. I loved the dog in this story too and the photo on the cover was well chosen.....just look at those puppy dog eyes!

AuntJane Sep 25, 2014

When life is stressful, I go to a McCall Smith book! Corduroy Mansions is a relaxing, enjoyable read full of quirky, interesting characters and pleasant story lines.

Jan 06, 2013

These intertwined stories of people of different backgrounds and ages living in a cozy apartment building in London. The sweet dog on the cover lives there too and we get to see a bit from his point of view too which was really well done. Contemporary and very engaging, not sugar coated but I did become fond of quite a few of these characters. Some are not meant to be likeable or completely likeable but all are interesting. The first of an award winning series of three is what I found out online. According to Wikipedia this author put this book online as he wrote it and the readers got to interact with each other and the author through a message board which is a great idea and something I like reading online after watching a movie even if I don't always comment. I am definitely reading the others and then giving 44 Scotland Street a try by this author. This was on the Staff Picks shelf at my branch. Now that I see how many books this author's written, I feel like I've struck gold!

Jan 18, 2012

This has to be one of McCall Smith's very best.

Jul 28, 2011

Citizen review - first of a series I think.
Was OK, stories of various people living in a 3 unit building, plus a few others. Charcters develop and intertwine with each other. Light and humourous. Maybe will try some from his detective agency series.

Jul 11, 2011

If you liked 44 Scotland Street, you'll like this one. There are plenty of loose ends by the time the book closes, so no doubt he's launching a new series.

May 31, 2011

Exactly like 44 Scotland Street, but revisited with a different cast of characters. The previous owner of the dog is the incarnation of Bertie's mother. A fun, light read.

May 11, 2011

Innocuous but pleasant variation on Smith's standard themes.

Apr 04, 2011

Having seen Ealing Studio’s 1949 classic “Passport to Pimlico”, this reader opened McCall Smith’s latest novel about the residents of Corduroy Mansions, south west London knowing that their goings on were bound to be unique and entertaining. Overall, a little harder edged/dangerous than the 44 Scotland St. series, these are certainly an interesting group of characters and look forward to finding out more about them in the future.

Mar 11, 2011

McCall Smith's gift is in his observation of life as it's lived - the tiny acts of putting on ones jacket to walk a dog and pass by the neighbouring shops, or the delight in making lemon cookies from scratch. Whimiscal, yet keen, he delivers another subtle discertation on what it means to be connected to a community.

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