This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story. 

Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish are actors who starred in the TV version of Outlander. They recently made a TV series about Scotland. Clanlands is about the making of that show. I read the book before the show came out and I think it was much better than the series ended up being.

You can learn a lot about how a TV show is filmed. Both of them are practical jokers who spent most of their time messing with each other. The book is very funny. You can tell they genuinely like each other.

The book also is a good introduction to Scottish history especially as it ties into the fictional events in Outlander. They visit the sites of pivotal battles and explain enough of the background for you to truly understand what happened.

Clanlands is great combination of travelogue, history primer, lesson in dealing with Outlander superfans, and love letter to Scotland.

16 Replies to “Nonfiction November – Book Pairings”

  1. Perfect pairing! I watched the TV show Men in Kilts with Sam and Graham and it was great fun–sounds like it was based on Clanlands or vice versa. I was a big fan of Outlander books until I ran out of steam with book 8. I think the first four are by far the best, and the third is my favorite. I didn’t watch the series after the beginning of season 4, and to be honest the series kind of robbed me of my joy in the books.

    That all said, I loved your pairing and it made me remember how much I initially loved the books.

  2. What a fantastic pairing! I haven’t watched Outlander, but have heard such good things about it.

    1. I wasn’t a big Outlander fan either. I kept getting mad that they were always stopping for see when they were supposed to be running for their lives. I was rooting for the British to get them for their foolishness. 🙂

      I liked Clanlands way more.

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