1. Sir Sean Connery To Unveil 'Being A Scot' At Edinburgh Book Festival

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-06-12

    Sir Sean Connery’s forthcoming autobiography/memoirs, Being A Scot will be launched at the Edinburgh Book Festival this August to coincide with the actor’s 78th birthday.

    MSN reports that the public will get their first glimpse inside the book on 25 August, Connery’s birthday.

    As previously reported on, Being A Scot mixes a ‘frank account of Connery’s life with an esoteric take on Scotland’s history and culture’. The 312-page long book will feature more than 400 photograghs from his personal collection.

    Included are details on his childhood in a gaslit Fountainbridge tenement, learning golf from co-star Gert Frobe during the shooting of the third James Bond film, Goldfinger, and weekending with Billy Connolly, ‘the funniest man alive’.

    ‘This book has gone through more permutations than James Bond has had shaken not stirred martinis–different co-writers, different publishers,’ festival director Catherine Lockerbie said.

    She said the memoir, co-written by Scottish filmmaker Murray Grigor, would share Connery’s views on ‘many aspects of Scottish culture and life, including sport, architecture and, of course, the gothic tendency in Scots literature.’

    Lockerbie added that other 007-themed events would also feature at the festival as a way to commemorate the centenary of Bond creator Ian Fleming.

    This year’s Edinburgh Book Festival runs from 9-25 August.

    Being A Scot can currently be pre-ordered online:

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