The Ultimate Guide to Being Scottish: 2015
By (author) Clark McGinn
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.
Reviews of The Ultimate Guide to Being Scottish: 2015
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
CLARK McGINN was born in Ayr and has been the speaker at Burns Suppers and other events for thirty years. He has led the revelry at Suppers across Britain, Europe, Australia and the States, usually with a dram of whisky in hand. While at Glasgow University he founded the World Student Debating Competition and passed enough exams to become a banker, where his skills at arguing came in handy. His speeches have been shown on TV in Britain, America, Canada and Australia.