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Stone of Destiny: A Passenger's Guide New Ed. / Edition, Kindle Edition
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which I bought from Amazon as well.
It's a cracking adventure story that's told with humour and a real passion for the Scotland he so clearly loves. I simply couldn't put it down. In the update he wrote for the book in 2007, Ian Hamilton accuses himself of arrogance in some of his earlier writing, but I didn't see that.
If you're a Scot and haven't read this story, buy it. If you're not, buy it anyway. It's the closest you'll ever come to understanding what the Stone - and Scotland - mean to the Scots.
By quirk of fate I happened to be on the lookout for a title about Scottish history and around that time read of the passing of Kay Matheson, one of the group involved in the Stone's recovery, and was drawn to Ian Hamilton's book.
I have to say I found it a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing read. Certainly for a Scot its an inspiring tale and passion for their country that drove Hamilton and his group to undertake such a mission will resonate with many with the Independence Referendum looming in 2014.
Regardless of your political persuasions however it remains a fantastic tale, full of adventure, excitement, risk and reward.
Well worth a read.
A good read which will stir emotions - particularly if you are Scottish
Hamilton's vocabulary is sprinkled with auld Scots' words that I found a delight to look up as I read. If anything, the words he uses and the style of writing further serve to immerse the reader in events as they unfolded.
I'm rounding 4.5 up to a 5, as, at odds with the rest of the rousing tale, the book ends a little flatly for me. The reason being is that it seems Ian Hamilton loses interest in events himself as soon as he isn't the centre of the story. I can forgive that, seeing is the rest of the book is a first person, eye-witness account and he cannot give the same clarity to events he did not partake in.
In summary; the plan, the stumbling execution, and the cosmic coincidences that helped it succeed, are all worthy of the time it takes to read this book.
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