Book Review: Clanlands by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Title: Clanlands

By: Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 297

Release Date: November 3rd, 2020

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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 have waited over a year to get my hands on this book, and the wait was worth it.

As a huge fan of Outlander and both these people as actors, their writing styles are indicative of their acting. They throw themselves into it with everything they have. This makes for a wonderful read, or in my case a listen since I had the audio book. Which, by the way, is read by the authors.

The book was told almost like a story, with the authors bickering like old friends while one of the reads their chapter. They would interject into each others thoughts, adding their own parts of the story, and making the words so much more complex. They told about their time on Outlander, and how they got to know each other. They told about the making of Men in Kilts, another hilarious show by Sam and Graham. There is so much wonder and life in this book, that I could read it again in a heartbeat.

I really loved diving into the world of Sam and Graham. A great read.

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