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  • Made in Scotland

  • My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
  • By: Billy Connolly
  • Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Made in Scotland

By: Billy Connolly
Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
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Publisher's Summary

All roads lead back home.

Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. 

It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!' So begins an odyssey through the Highlands, the Lowlands and the Barrowlands on a shaggy dog quest to find out what that 'something' was and whether it is still there.

Far from a typical travelogue, Billy’s quest is as much through his memories and experiences as it is through his excursions, with a series of key artefacts prompting reminiscences - a first pressing of a Hank Williams album (the first record he ever owned), Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen, a bottle of air that re-creates the smell of the old Glasgow Docks - each of which inspire moments of reflection, joy, drama and laughter. 

Accompanying a major BBC TV series, Made in Scotland is Billy Connolly's insightful, moving and very funny account of the stuff that really matters. Family, love, sex, health, football, fishing, work, art, swearing, banjos, friends, going to the pub. And good tea.

©2018 Billy Connolly (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Brilliant

Billy never disappoints with putting words to paper. It captures you from the start to the end. Beautifully written.
Highly recommended. I am usually upset when I reach the end of the last chapter, because I want to hear more of this intelligent, innovative and entertaining being. Thank you for sharing, Billy.

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spectacular!

I absolutely loved this book, and the narrator was fantastic! the only downside was it wasn't long enough only because, I wanted more and more, Bravo Billy.

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A good read

As a Scot who left many years ago, I really enjoyed this book and was interested in his early years in Glasgow, one of my favourite cities. The stories of the Scottish entertainers of the past and annual holidays brought back memories and I laughed out loud at some of his stories.

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Its Billy Bloomin' Connolly

This really was a raw and open biography of one man who has walked a variety of different paths in his life, but took each opportunity to learn, understand and grow himself as much as his sense of humour allowed him to share the realness of so many experiences he has. Billy has always been open about being a man who grew up in hard times, worked hard in ofen hazardous situations, grew in his indentity in himself while his fame also grew and expanded his musical and spoken skills that he brought. A journey that is indie at heart, Billy's story talks of being the outrageously carefree wildling who enjoyed a good night out and a good adventure while not at the expense of values or a good yarn. Narrated so nicely by another Scottsman, Kennedy channels that typical larrikin Billy is as he tells Billy's story in the same colourful manner and tone. A lovely read, and one that had me laugh out loud at times.

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A little disappointing but still a fan

Parts of the book are interesting and other parts where there “conversions” with people are hard to follow and self indulgent.
Still a fan but ended up finishing before with end

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Made In Scotland

Loved this book and all Billy’s stories of the past as I was born in Paisley which he mentions on several occasions and his stories are similar to those that my mum used to tell also. Have always loved Billy. Such natural talent. I will read the book again for sure. I only wish Billy had narrates it himself but the narrator did well to be fair to him.

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Well done Billy!!

Having been a fan of Billy's for 50 years, it was as good as I expected!! Also well narrated, given it wasn't Billy himself. Well done to all...…. I stromgly recommend this to anyone whw has any appreciation for the multiple talents of Billy Connolly!!

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  • 31-05-2020

Loved it

Absolutely loved listening to this!
Made me miss home, and family.
Reminded me of the cheek I was brought up around.
Made me laugh and cry!
So bomb👌🏽

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Loved it!!!

A great book from start to finish. Thanks for sharing your journey Billy. You’re a legend xx

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dissapointed

dissapointed as it was not what i expected frm billy connely and was hoping he would have narrated.

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