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Being A Scot Hardcover – 21 Aug 2008


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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (21 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297855409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297855408
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 22.2 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a detailed, fascinating and beautifully designed study of Scottish culture and identity... there can be no doubt that this is essentially Connery's work (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

this long-awaited book is that rare beast: an autobiography that absolutely mirrors its subject... valiantly surprising and deeply rewarding (THE OBSERVER)

it has the feel-good factor - a boy from the tenements who has done good. (LONDON LITE)

This is canny history, lightly sprinkled with celebrity, beautifully illustrated, brimming with integrity and intelligence. (UNISON MAGAZINE)

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Sean Connery's personal celebration of Scotland and being a Scot.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By catholic reader on 15 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for an autobiography, or revelations about Ursula Andress or Honor Blackman, then this will be a great disappointment. It is, in large part an opinionated review of Sctoland, something like the rock stars views on global warming,Tibet or PETA, and does ccasionally raise the question of 'so what?' However if you read it as a general overview of Scotland, its culture, development and background, then this is a very well written, thoughtful,thought-provoking and well produced book. Of course his perspective is different from that of most of us, his fame and wealth make that almost unavoidable. Some of it, his recommendations on the Iraqi War based 'Black Watch' play, for example, border on the patronizing - and may even be counter productive in getting his views across. On the whole it is a very worthwhile read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Clyne on 18 May 2009
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This is a beautifully presented volume, nicely laid out and with many high quality photographs. The ideas are great too - but the execution falls far short of what it could have been (this is not Connery's fault of course as there is a co-author listed, and books are supposed to have editors too).
Much of the writing is cliche-ridden and leaden. It goes on at length about some game called 'soccer' - a word no true Scot would use without puking. Many of the supposed quotes are obviously doctored, as when he has some 17th century public benefactor supposedly talking about 'gender equality'. The extensive picture captions are mostly repeats, word for ill-written word, of what is in the text. When different words are used, this is generally no improvement, as in the sentence "to placate the Highlands the Government built the largest defended garrison in Europe". Placate is the wrong word - they mean pacify.
But some of the writing must be Connery's own, as his famously chippy personality shines through. In his long exile from his homeland he has not lost his ability to perceive a slight to his self-importance. But then, as he opines, the Scots don't like success and do their best to cut the mighty down to size.
The book does look affie guid on a coffee table though.
- Roderick Clyne, Singapore
Being A Scot
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fruitmuncher on 5 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is about exactly what it says on the cover... Being a Scot.

Although the main content revolves around Sean Connery his, and Murray Grigor's, viewpoint is that of growing up as a Scot and how it is an integral part of who we, The Scots, are. Interestingly, it makes absolutely no difference that Sean has spent most of his life living outside Scotland, it's still who he is.

Murray Grigor's role in this appears more to be a compiler and co-writer rather than a traditional Ghostwriter. Credit to Sean for this too. How many Celeb books out there pretend that they did it all themselves?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Meulemeester on 28 April 2010
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For those who love Scotland and Scots, a very enjoyable book and good biography of an actor by an actor who is in fact much more than an actor..........
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Five stars are not enough to express my enjoyment in reading the great actors views on Scotland.
Scotland has so often been refracted through the lens of Hollywood with such films as 'Braveheart'
reinventing history. Read 'Being a Scot' as a wry and witty corrective and you will learn much about
this country who practically invented the modern world. I couldn't recommend it more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Twee Bunglar on 7 Oct. 2012
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Actually I am a Scot, or at least I thought I was...

Reading Sir Bond's handy little manual on refining your Celtic credentials, I have discovered that I have many critical deficiencies. Sir Ramirez tackles just what it is that defines being a Sean. Cue a fascinating jaunt through his upbringing in a working class household in southern Spain and the Bahamas. Here, Sir Zardoz developed his idiosyncratic style of speech, capable of being manipulated with ease into a whole range of world accents. People may think Scots are all golden perma-tans and quality knits, but Sir Ramius challenges these stereotypes with the wisdom of a Greek king advising a bunch of midgets travelling time with a map stolen from god. Simply exshellent.
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