MI6 has a preview of Sir Sean Connery's long-awaited
book "Being A Scot", including
cover art and pre-order links...
Sean Connery: Being A Scot - Preview
30th May 2008
"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
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
achievements, which is self-revelatory whilst full of
Sir Sean's desire to shine light upon Scottish success
Hardback - Amazon UK
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
Released: 21st August 2008
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson