Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith, the first book from the Corduroy Mansions series is a rare novel. And McCall Smith is a very rare and special contemporary writer in English. This book has all the elements of quiet and warm humour, eloquent language, and numerous conversations on philosophy and fine arts. It is also a fine book on etiquette and sophistication without a touch of over-the-top snootiness. It is devoid of anything that is crass. This is why I adore this book.
Published in 2009, Corduroy Mansions is based on the lives of the inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions and their dear ones with the exclusion of the despicable Oedipus Snark. Corduroy Mansions is situated at Pimlico in London. The main characters are William French, Eddie French, Marcia Light, Freddie de la Hay, Jenny Hedge, Dee Binder, Jo Partlin, Caroline Jarvis, James, Basil Wickramsinghe, Terence Moongrove, Barbara Ragg, Berthea Snark, Oedipus Snark and Hugh Macpherson. Extremely quirky, their conversations run across varied themes from Caravaggio and Nicolas Poussin to table etiquette, travel writing and much more. It is riveting and unforgettable indeed.
(Article by Kabita Sonowal)