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Caledonication: A History of Scotland. With jokes. [Hardcover]

John Kv Eunson
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30 Oct 2008

So, you thought you knew everything you needed to about Scotland and its chequered history? Well, think again.

Did you know that tobacco made up half of Scotland's exports in the eighteenth century?

Did you know that JM Barrie created the name 'Wendy' for his play Peter Pan in 1904, meaning that there are no Wendys over the age of 104...?

Did you know that The Beatles played at Dingwall Town Hall in 1963?


John KV Eunson leads us through the history of the Scots in this accurate but none-too-heavy look at the great country. On a journey of almost breakneck speed full of chuckles, we still have enough time to stop and smell the heather, taste the fudge and feel the ghosties.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Scotland (30 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755318579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755318575
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I saw, I read, I'm conquered. CALEDONICATION is a belter!' (Ford Kiernan)

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This is not just a history of Scotland, it's a history of Scotland you actually want to read

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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh and learn! 12 Dec 2008
I've been dipping into this book for a week now and I'm very impressed by the amount of facts I've learned about Scottish history (and by the amount of times I've laughed out loud!).
There are chapters on politics, music, geography, royalty, sport, literature and Food & Drink - in fact there's something about just about everything Scottish really...
It's a very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy and funny reading 12 July 2014
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Very easy and funny reading.
If all book of history are written this way it would be a fun to study.
It was a pleasure to read it.
Thank you John!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun 9 Dec 2008
By Nick JH
Really enjoyable read. Filled in some embarrassing gaps in my knowledge of Scottish history, and many more I had no idea I had. Now if I can just remember everything - and some of the jokes... An antidote to all those dry accounts around. Great fun and highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No laughing matter 6 May 2009
I'd seen this in a bookshop and had found myself giggling at the extracts on the back, so I was a bit miffed to find that they were far from representative. The jokes on the inside were pretty contrived and caused as many groans and grimaces as they did smiles. I laughed out loud only once, and that was at the very last sentence. That's too long to build up to a punchline. I think it was a great idea to do a funny book about Scots history, but, sadly, I also think that it still remains to be done.
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