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Scotland: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Culture Shock! Scotland) Paperback – 15 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation; 4 edition (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761456759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761456759
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Inverness in 1970, Jamie Grant spent many years as a boy living in a small village on the west coast of Scotland. Here he learnt the subtle arts of stone-throwing and jellyfish-stamping long before he heard of the likes of Flora Macdonald or the colourists. His total immersion in all things Scottish came later in life. After going to university in Cardiff, he spent the best part of his twenties in South America, working as an English teacher, journalist and photographer. Whilst nearly drowning in an Amazon river, he had a vision of his distant homeland and decided to make the long pilgrimage back to Scotland. On return, he found everything he had dreamt of and nothing he had expected. Jamie lives in Scotland with his wife Fiona and son Tom.

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This book is not a bad read, but I didn't find it very informative. It is very basic and only useful for people who do not know anything at all about the UK, or even Northwest Europe, in the first place.

Besides the author doesn't know his geography and history. Here are a few blatant mistakes I noted:

On p. vi in the introduction, it says: "Scotland may remain part of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), but it has always been a country apart". How can a British citizen not know the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain ? Northern Ireland has never been part of Great Britain. These are different islands.

On pp. 3 and 19, the author says "countries such as North America". Since when is North America a country ?

On p.7 the author explains that sunset in the Shetland Islands can be as late as 11:00 pm in July, after having told of his experience of watching the sun set well after midnight in the Shetland Islands in July on p.3. After double checking this on the Internet, the sun doesn't set later than 10:30 pm in the Shetland Islands. So both statements are wrong. How can you trust a guy who already lies about his personal experiences in the first pages of the book ?

On p.9, Jamie Grant writes "If you travel north to the Western Isles, you'll find yourself in old Viking country, with the settlements remains in Jarlshof in Shetland and lurid Viking graffiti on the even older burial site of Maes Howe in Orkney". There are three mistakes in a single sentence. The Western Isles are the Outer Hebrides, not Shetland and Orkney. Jarlshof is a Bronze Age site and Maeshowe is a Neolithic one. Neither have anything to do with the Vikings !

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By yerdem on 1 Dec. 2010
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Congratulations go to the author! For those who want to move to Scotland, this is a must read. Believe me, it is easy to read, entertaining and quite to the point. Pros and cons are there. Jokes are there. Impartial observations from other immigrants are there. I am quite happy with this purchase.
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Worth reading if you're not from there or don't know people there yet 3 Nov. 2014
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As someone preparing to move to the UK from Asia I found this book to be well informed and full of good info. It is certainly aimed more towards traveler vs moving but either way it had a lot of good info.
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Nice pictures, textual mistakes 26 Dec. 2010
By R Michael Small - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This review written without the book in hand.

I am interested in anything "Scottish" and borrowed the book from my local library because the pictures caught my eye. What also caught my eye, while reading the book, were:

1. the map at the front of the book shows the locations of very few, perhaps only one (Dun Eideann) of the cities
2. North America is referred to as though it is a country. Me thinks the USA, and Canada might be a bit upset to know there is no difference.
3. Scotch whisky is referred to as the best possible available. I love Scottish whisky but there are other very well respected whiskies (regardless of how it is spelled) in the world.

With that said, if ye ken zero aboot Alba, you might learn something but if you do know a wee bit the pictures alone are interesting enough to warrant a wee peek.
It was a fine read.... 25 Jun. 2014
By JP Czar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nothing to fancy. Good history and insight into all things Scotland.

It's a bit out of date, but very practical for someone looking for a good overview of the Scottish Experience...
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