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Book Discussion,  Reading

Clanlands

ClanlandsClanlands on November 3, 2020
Pages: 352
Genres: History
Published by Hodder & Stoughton

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER With a foreword by Diana Gabaldon.
Two men. One country. And a lot of whisky.
As stars of Outlander, Sam and Graham eat, sleep and breathe the Highlands on this epic road trip around their homeland. They discover that the real thing is even greater than fiction.
Clanlands is the story of their journey. Armed with their trusty campervan and a sturdy friendship, these two Scotsmen are on the adventure of a lifetime to explore the majesty of Scotland. A wild ride by boat, kayak, bicycle and motorbike, they travel from coast to loch and peak to valley and delve into Scotland's history and culture, from timeless poetry to bloody warfare.
With near-death experiences, many weeks in a confined space together, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Graham and Sam's friendship matures like a fine Scotch. They reflect on their acting careers in film and theatre, find a new awestruck respect for their native country and, as with any good road trip, they even find themselves.
Hold onto your kilts... this is Scotland as you've never seen it before.

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I bought this book for my husband because I forced him to watch the first season of Outlander. I got bored with it but he kept watching all the rest. When I saw that two of the stars of Outlander had a book coming out, I knew it would be a good Christmas present.

What I didn’t know is that this is a behind the scenes look at their new TV show called Men in Kilts. The show and the book are a road trip through Scotland highlighting the food and history and whiskey.

The book is told in alternating voices (with frequent interruptions). Sam is the instigator of all the adventures. Graham complains about it all. Graham makes fun of Sam for always taking time out to hawk his products. Sam makes fun of Graham for always needing to eat and have a latte. Both have a store of amazing insults at the ready.

I’ve seen the first episode of Men in Kilts. It is ok but it is not as much fun as the book. I’d recommend this for Outlander fans, Scottish history buffs, and anyone who likes behind the scenes looks at making television.

One Comment

  • joyweesemoll

    That’s a fun premise for a book. It does seem perfect for the Outlander fan. I got bored with the books and never started the TV series. I’ll keep an eye out for Men in Kilts.

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