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Being a Scot Paperback – February 17, 2010

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; 1st edition (February 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753826313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826317
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol A. Patrick on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was a gift for my husband who loves the book. He is summarizing parts of it for me as he reads it. It is fun to hear about parts of Scotland which we have visited. It is also good to feel the pride Sean Connery has for being a Scot.
I was happy that the book was finally available since I heard about it after the book fair in Edinburgh in August, 2008.
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By Markie on November 17, 2012
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I was expecting Mr Connery to write his autobiography. I was hoping that he would talk about his life, his career, his feelings a bit. Instead, this is basically a political book about Scotland and Scottish independence and how Mr Connery has contributed to his home country. While I too have Scottish heritage and appreciate his views, this is not the book I expected when I bought was was billed as Sean Connery's autobiography.
If you are looking for insight into this actor's career and life, I recommend you choose one of the biographies out there written by other authors. I was very disappointed in the lack of personal stories and insight in this book about anything except Scottish politics.
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In my life I have loved to read both biographies and history stories. I find it a complete treasure in reading this book as it also has to do with a man whom I concider to be the greatest actor ever and the most sexy man alive. There was nothing spared in the pictures and stories , all very suprsing in the fact they are so...Scottish...sorry, what else can I say. If you are even remotely interested in either the man or the country, do yourself a favor and buy this book. I am an ametur writer and Scotland is a main theme in my first book and well, this is full of the very things I needed in the first place to write my stories. Folks, you will love this book!
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What a delight it was to receive my long awaited copy of "Being A Scot".
Sean did an excellent job of relating the history of his country, all the work he puts into keeping the arts alive and well in Scotland, and so much of his own personal history. I found it fascinating! And the personal photograghs!! And other artwork! Now I want to visit there more than ever before.
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Sir Sean focused much energy in this book on describing the Scotland he knows, its arts, and its national identity. I enjoyed the stories of his childhood and his passion for football (soccer). I was less interested in the many intricate details of the arts scene in Scotland and the disparity Scottish artists faced in receiving the recognition at home compared to abroad. I have a greater admiration of the man Sean Connery after reading this book, though. It made him more human.
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I am still reading this book. So far has been very interesting written with lots of history of the country along with Sean's personal life. Well written, easy to read.
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Loved how Sir Connery brings in so much Scottish history about Art, Architecture etc....He talks about his early life in Edinburgh but much less about his adult life. This is certainly a look at why he is proud to be Scottish!
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I would recommend this book to anyone who really is interested in Scotland from a locals view. The price was good, and so was the shipping time.
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