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"My first big break came when I was five years old. It's taken me more than seventy years to realise that. You see, at five I first learnt to read. It's that simple and it's that profound. I left school at thirteen. I didn't have a formal education... It has been a long return journey from my two-room Fountainbridge home in the smoky industrial end of Edinburgh opposite the McCowans' toffee factory. There was no bathroom with a communal toilet outside. For years we had only gas lighting. Sometimes the light in the shared stairway would be out after some desperado had broken the mantle to bubble gas through milk for kicks."
Although he is an indubitably international superstar, Sir Sean Connery still knows the city of Edinburgh practically street by street from delivering the morning milk as a schoolboy. His round included Fettes College, where Ian Fleming had sent his fictional James Bond after he was expelled from Eton. 'Being a Scot' is a vivid and highly personal portrait of Scotland and its achievements, which is self-revelatory whilst full of Sir Sean's desire to shine light upon Scottish success and heroic failure.
His personal quest with his friend and co-writer Murray Grigor has been to seek answers to some perplexing questions. How did Scots come to devise so many new sports and games, or raise others to new heights? 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 humour originate? And what about the national tradition of self-deprecation sometimes called the Scottish cringe? Sean Connery offers a correction to misconceptions that many believe are part of the historical record whilst revealing as never before his own vibrant personal history.
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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 (THE SUNDAY TIMES)
this long-awaited book is that rare beast: an autobiography that absolutely mirrors its subject... valiantly surprising and deeply rewarding (THE OBSERVER)
it has the feel-good factor - a boy from the tenements who has done good. (LONDON LITE)
This is canny history, lightly sprinkled with celebrity, beautifully illustrated, brimming with integrity and intelligence. (UNISON MAGAZINE)
Sean Connery's personal celebration of Scotland and being a Scot.
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Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. Condizione: new. Codice articolo HolzAbe_New_0297855409
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. Signed by Sean Connery on the publishers official bookplate, affixed to the title page. Book is NEW and Unread . Front/Back: New . Spine: New . Pages: New and unread . Page Edges: New . Jacket: New - protected by mylar cover . Printing: 10987654321 . Year: 2008. Signed by Author(s). Codice articolo 2263
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. Signed by Sean Connery on an original 'Being a Scot' publishers label for this book, affixed to the title page. Also comes with Topping & Company "Signed First Edition" bellyband . Book is MINT and Unread . Front/Back: New . Spine: New . Pages: New and unread . Page Edges: New . Jacket: New - protected by mylar cover . Printing: 10987654321 . Year: 2008. Signed by Author(s). Codice articolo 2260