*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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"A detailed, fascinating, and beautifully designed study of Scottish culture and identity . . . there can be no doubt that this is essentially Connery's work." Sunday Times
"This long-awaited book is that rare beast: an autobiography that absolutely mirrors its subject . . . valiantly surprising and deeply rewarding." Observer