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Accompanying a new BBC series, legendary comic and national treasure Billy Connolly returns to his roots, reflecting on his life, his homeland and what it means – then and now – to be Scottish.
All roads lead home.
After my knighthood was announced, a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview me. We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question: “This must mean a lot to you, with you coming from nothing?” I looked at her, and I laughed.
“I did’nae come from nothing,” I told her. “I come from something.”
I grew up in the tenements of post-war Glasgow. I am very proud to be working class, and especially a working-class Glaswegian who has worked in the shipyards. I come from the working class. And, most of all, I come from Scotland.
Scotland is a unique and wonderful place. Its national motto says a lot about it: Nemo me impune lacessit. A decent translation might be: ‘By all means punch me in the nose but prepare yourself for a kick in the arse.’
I did’nae come from nothing: I come from Scotland. And this book is about why I will always be happy and proud that I do.’
About the Author
Sir William Connolly, CBE is a much-loved Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. Billy was born and raised in Glasgow and now lives in America.
ISBN: 9781785943737 ISBN-10: 1785943731 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 15th October 2018 Publisher: Ebury Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.4