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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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  • jdg
  • Isle of Bute
  • 23-10-18

It’s great

I really enjoyed this book, at times I was laughing out loud at others it made me think really hard about the struggles that billy is having with his disease and how he sees the future, I hope he lives for a long time and we find a cure for his disease but never a cure for his way of looking at the world. Long live the big yin 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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Enjoyable book

I thought it would have been Billy reading the book and was originally disappointed to find out he wasn't, after the 1st chapter I soon settled into Gordon Kelly's narration and enjoyed it. The book itself was a nice upbeat look back at Billy's life that made me laugh on numerous occasions.

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Awesome funny and thoughtful

What a lovely insight to the pleasures and down falls of growing old

Gordon Kennedy is a delight to listen, Billy would have been better but totally understandable why he couldn’t or couldnae (did you see what I did there)😂

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interesting but not great

i have heard most of the stories before but it was still worth it. easy to listen to

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Brilliant

One of the best books l have read funny and so true History and views of a beautiful person
Thanks Billy

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Fascinating, funny, recommend.

A real, eye opening and interesting insight into the making of Billy. True to the title.
A wide spectrum of topics and stories are covered. The narration is excellent and very fitting. Get it.

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Funny & sad

This is an excellent book about a proud Scottish gentleman. It's very funny in parts but also sad when Billy is reflecting on the illness he now faces.

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recommend

very entertaining throughout, once I had started I just had to keep listening and at times was laughing out loud.

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Get in there!

A very enjoyable listen about the comedians comedian, gone yer sell Big Yin. An informative history of his part in making the world laugh

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Like life itself - Chust Too Short!

Ah Billy - a very interesting life story - honest, from the heart, humility and with warts and all! Your outlook on Parkinson’s is admirable. I’m sure you would prefer not to have it, but you come across as - well seeing that I have it I might as well see the interesting side of it. I have never met you, but I feel as though I grew up with you - your like a big brother.

Gordon Kennedy (two surnames!) did a fine job of narration - I would have loved to hear you narrate it yourself and I figure that you didn’t because of your illness. But your voice came through.

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  • jdg
  • Isle of Bute
  • 23-10-18

It’s great

I really enjoyed this book, at times I was laughing out loud at others it made me think really hard about the struggles that billy is having with his disease and how he sees the future, I hope he lives for a long time and we find a cure for his disease but never a cure for his way of looking at the world. Long live the big yin 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-18

Enjoyable book

I thought it would have been Billy reading the book and was originally disappointed to find out he wasn't, after the 1st chapter I soon settled into Gordon Kelly's narration and enjoyed it. The book itself was a nice upbeat look back at Billy's life that made me laugh on numerous occasions.

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  • mat brown
  • 27-10-18

Awesome funny and thoughtful

What a lovely insight to the pleasures and down falls of growing old

Gordon Kennedy is a delight to listen, Billy would have been better but totally understandable why he couldn’t or couldnae (did you see what I did there)😂

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  • Andy
  • 24-10-18

interesting but not great

i have heard most of the stories before but it was still worth it. easy to listen to

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  • Anthony jaram
  • 10-12-18

Brilliant

One of the best books l have read funny and so true History and views of a beautiful person
Thanks Billy

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  • Mr R.
  • 09-12-18

Fascinating, funny, recommend.

A real, eye opening and interesting insight into the making of Billy. True to the title.
A wide spectrum of topics and stories are covered. The narration is excellent and very fitting. Get it.

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  • collijm
  • 05-12-18

Funny & sad

This is an excellent book about a proud Scottish gentleman. It's very funny in parts but also sad when Billy is reflecting on the illness he now faces.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-18

recommend

very entertaining throughout, once I had started I just had to keep listening and at times was laughing out loud.

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  • Stephen
  • 22-11-18

Get in there!

A very enjoyable listen about the comedians comedian, gone yer sell Big Yin. An informative history of his part in making the world laugh

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  • Bookaholic
  • 13-11-18

Like life itself - Chust Too Short!

Ah Billy - a very interesting life story - honest, from the heart, humility and with warts and all! Your outlook on Parkinson’s is admirable. I’m sure you would prefer not to have it, but you come across as - well seeing that I have it I might as well see the interesting side of it. I have never met you, but I feel as though I grew up with you - your like a big brother.

Gordon Kennedy (two surnames!) did a fine job of narration - I would have loved to hear you narrate it yourself and I figure that you didn’t because of your illness. But your voice came through.