Sean Connery; Murray Grigor Being a Scot

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Being a Scot

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Although he is an international superstar, Sean Connery still knows the city of Edinburgh practically street by street from delivering the morning milk as a schoolboy. In this vivid and highly personal portrait of Scotland and its achievements, Connery shines a light upon both his own upbringing an the successes and failures of Scotland's long and storied history. Along the way, he strives to answer the trickiest of questions, including How did Scots devise so many new sports and games? What gave fire to the Gothic tendency in Scottish literature? Why have so many creatively inventive and influential architects been Scots? Where did Scotland's unreal blend of psychotic humor originate? and What about the national tradition of self-deprecation sometimes called the Scottish cringe? While revealing as never before his own vibrant personal history, Connery offers a correction to common misconceptions surrounding Scottish history and offers an intimate, insider's view of the true nature of Scotland.

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Murray Grigor is a Scottish writer and filmmaker.

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*Starred Review* Sean Connery has three great passions in life: acting, golf, and Scotland. “Of the three,” he writes, “I would put Scotland and Scottish politics first.” Neither memoir nor autobiography, his book on his primary passion is wildly ambitious, full of big ideas and gorgeous photographs and a substantial and thoughtful appraisal, to boot. Connery and writer-filmmaker coauthor Grigor touch on virtually all aspects of Scottish history, culture, and politics—an endeavor they launch from Connery’s own early days in Fountainbridge, the working-class Edinburgh neighborhood in which he grew up, and continue through his big breaks in the theater and on television (playing, for instance, the title role of Macbeth in a Canadian production). They say very little, aside from a few passing remarks, about his illustrious movie career and the role of James Bond. Yet the book is full of quiet, often revelatory surprises, such as about how Connery and his mates were all soccer-crazy and dreamed of one day playing for Scotland, and how his English teacher encouraged his love of words. (And leave it to Connery as Scot, of course, to remind us that America owed its foundation to a Scot, King James VI and I, for whom Jamestown is named.) Anyone who loves Scotland or who has followed Connery’s career will enjoy this opinionated and roguish, charming and fascinating book immensely. --June Sawyers

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