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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Scots (The Xenophobe's Guide)

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Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.
Published October 1st 1999 by Oval Books
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This is quite an old edition of this book which has been hanging about on my bookshelves for some years since my English husband bought it for me (I'm a Scot). I read it when I first got it but remembered very little about it so thought I'd read it again when I came across it during a book purge.

I felt that it got a lot right about we Scots - and as I've been living in England for nearly 26 years I probably fall into the category of exiles who get teary-eyed over Scots folk songs but haven't bee
I was sitting at the AirTime cafe in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland when I noticed a series of books on chains hanging on the wall, one of which was the Xenophobe's Guide to the Scots. Given that I married a Scot, I couldn't help but take a look. I was caught right away,so much so that I immediately went online and bought the book for Kindle so I could keep reading! It was a quick read of just a few hours, during which I tortured my poor Aberdonian husband by reading nearly the entire thing out loud ...more
"Whisky is by far Scotland's biggest export, despite determined efforts by many Scots to consume the whole output." p.39

Xenophobe's Guide to the Scots is better than the English-Guide, but not as hilarious as the Irish-Guide. Nevertheless, a very funny read that points out all the clichés about the Scots. Though it does state some interesting facts as well. Definitely a quick and entertaining read for travel research before the journey and probably just as amusing after having been there.
Definitely worth a read. I came across many factoids that I already know, but found explanations for equally as many things that suddenly appeared as "things" in the book, things I hadn't thought about before. It's wonderfully witty, good fun to read for Scots as well as anyone who wants to learn more about the folk from up there.
Olivia-Petra Coman
Desi usor comerciala, o lectura antrenanta si deosebit de amuzanta. Din pacate, traducatorul, desi a facut in general o treaba buna, a dovedit pe alocuri o intelegere mult prea superficiala a culturii scotiene.
I love how accurate these guides are. If you're planning on going to Scotland, buy this book, it's great.
Vikas Datta
Very funny while being quite an incisive portrait of a unique people...
Much better than the last one I read in the series.
Три года назад я познакомилась с этой серией благодаря исландцам, и давеча озадачившись очередным ходом в книжном путешествии, решила пообщаться еще и с шотландцами.
Что скажу – вышло коротко, забавно и душевно :) Килты, горцы, кланы, волынки, замки, пабы, фермерство, рыжие бороды, совершенно потрясающий диалект, патриотизм, неприятие соседей и прочие атрибуты в наборе. Шотландцы – отличные ребята со своими небольшими заморочками. Как и все мы.

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