A Conspiracy of Friends (Corduroy Mansions, Book 3) by Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh

By Alexander McCall Smith, Iain McIntosh

Alexander McCall Smith returns to Corduroy Mansions, the marginally dilapidated yet liked mansion block in London's hip Pimlico neighbourhood, for this third instalment in his renowned series.

It turns out the universe is conspiring opposed to the citizens of Corduroy Mansions, as all people reveals themselves being affected by their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark is a Member of Parliament so loathsome even his mom can't abide him. in reality, Berthea Snark continues to be engaged on her scathing biography of her son--already 210 pages lengthy, and that simply covers his lamentable formative years. in the meantime, the company competition is heating up among literary brokers Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg, nonetheless hoping to get the manuscript for Autobiography of a Yeti; wonderful arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is blurring the positive line among friendship and romance; Eddie French has discovered a brand new, filthy rich female friend; and his father, aspiring wine service provider William French, fears that he'll by no means get his grasp of Wine certificates. most significantly, William's devoted terrier, Freddie de l. a. Hay--perhaps the one puppy shrewdpermanent sufficient to were recruited via MI6--disappears whereas on a secret journey round the Suffolk geographical region. Will Freddie locate his as far back as Pimlico? is that this the tip of Corduroy Mansions? Readers might be captivated once more as McCall Smith's genius for storytelling and eye for the quirky information of contemporary existence conspire to supply web page after web page of witty and interesting episodes, and fantastically saw characters.

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In another well-documented case, a pregnant woman was known for her great love of herring-she ate more than 1 ,400 of them. The woman gave birth to a boy, not a sardine, but witnesses said the first words out of his mouth were, " I want some herring. " Thomas Batholin of Denmark, discoverer of the lymphatic system, was the doctrine ' s foremost proponent. He knew of a pregnant woman startled by a cat jumping out from under her bed. She gave birth to a girl with a feline head. Danish king Frederik IV planned to build a hospital for the handicapped; he didn 't want to cure the lame, just keep them out of sight of expectant mothers.

In a section on women who " can ' t endure the male organ on account of its length or largeness, " Ms. Trotula counseled against the use of ground glass. Concerning health and diet, if a woman was too fat to have children, Trotula told her to slather on a cream made of cow dung and a "very good wine, " then sit in a hot sauna until she turned green. An equally fat husband or boyfriend was to be swathed in the same mixture and then buried in the sand next to the ocean. A Day in the Life Torture, plague, and starvation made the headlines, but medieval citizens also dealt with more ordinary health issues, such as head lice and floaters in the eye.

He did this so that, as he put it, doctors would stop " [w] riting prescriptions in mysterious Latin to hide [their] ignorance. " Elite doctors of the College of Physicians were aghast. They accused Culpeper of being a drunk, a degenerate , and a lecher, which he probably was. Thankfully for Culpeper, England ' s Star Chamber, a kangaroo court used to persecute unpopular defendants, had been recently abolished, so angry establishment doctors couldn ' t imprison or torture him, as they wanted. Culpeper spent the rest of his life caring for "just folks " and showing them how to care for themselves.

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