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McCall Smith, Alexander. THE CAREFUL USE OF COMPLIMENTS - Random House 2007

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The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith. 2007 - Random House. For sale is a large-print. fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine large print hardback copy of the novel, The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith, published in 2007 by Random House.

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Title The Careful Use of Compliments
Author Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher Random House
Edition No
Copyright Year 2007
ISBN 9780739327463
Cover Price 24.95
No. Pages 436
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.56

The book is a largeprint first edition as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has blue boards with black cloth quarter binding and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £24.95. It has a small area where the colour form the boards has leaked ionto the inside of the jacket (not visible on the outside)

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe and educated there and in Scotland. He is Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and is a member of a number of national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. His books include works on medical law, criminal law and philosophy, as well as numerous books for children, collections of short stories, and novels. He has lectured at various universities in Africa, including in Botswana, where he lived for a time. He is married to an Edinburgh doctor, and has two daughters.

Synopsis of this title

Isabel Dalhousie is back, in the latest installment of this enchanting, already beloved, best-selling series.

In addition to being the nosiest and most sympathetic philosopher you are likely to meet, Isabel is now a mother. Charlies, her newborn son, presents her with a myriad wonders of a new life, and doting father Jamie presents her with an intriguing proposal: marriage. In the midst of all this, she receives a disturbing letter announcing that she has been ousted as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics by the ambitious Professor Dove.

None of these things, however, in any way diminishes Isabel's curiosity. And when she attends an art auction, she finds an irresistible puzzle: two paintings attributed to a now-deceased artist appear on the market at the same time, and both of them exhibit some unusual characteristics. Are these paintings forgeries? This proves to be sufficient fodder for Isabel's inquisitiveness. So she begins an investigation... and soon finds herself diverging from her philosophical musings about fatherhood onto a path that leads her into the mysteries of the art world and the soul of an artist.

Reviews of this title


'The No. 2 Lady Detective ... anyone who loves Precious cannot fail to be charmed' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Isabel Dalhousie's charm is undeniable' THE SUNDAY TIMES

'McCall Smith has the gift of evoking an entire social atmosphere in very few and simple words' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'McCall Smith's greatest gift as a writer - and God knows this is just one of many - is that he can write likeable characters' NEW STATESMAN

'[The book is a a] gentle, thoughtful read, with likeable characters and evocative passages ... This is an appealing story infused with kindness' SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE

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