The Ultimate Guide to Being Scottish

The Ultimate Guide to Being Scottish

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Clark McGinn

ISBN: 1st Edition - 9781906307813; 2nd Edition - 9781908373069; 3rd Edition - 9781910745007

Binding: paperback

1st edition and 2nd edition temporarily out of stock; 3rd edition not yet published [expected November 2019]

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What makes the Ultimate Scot? Is it the ability to identify a tartan pattern from 50 yards? Maybe it’s being able to recite the two forgotten verses of ‘Auld Lang Syne’? Or perhaps it’s knowing your single malt from a double malt?

The Ultimate Guide to Being Scottish examines in hilarious detail the history, politics and traditions that make Scots great. Exploring the best of Scottish culture, this book focuses on the celebrations that Scots have made their own, from Hogmanay to the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Mixing fact and practical hints (like the ideal recipe for boiled sheep’s head) with witty banter, The Ultimate Guide to Being Scottish is perfect for injecting Scotland’s unique and beloved brand of merriment into the year.


McGinn wrote the perfect fun-but-rigorously footnoted book for Scots who vaguely know their cultural heritage, but would not like to be questioned too closely on, say, the precise meaning of the words to Auld Lang Syne.   Colin Donald, The Sunday Herald

Clark McGinn, a true Scot, examines our heritage and our culture, and discusses how our proud history and traditions define the enigmatic, idiosyncratic race that we are today.   Shari Low, Daily Record