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Global Scots – Kenny MacAskill and Henry McLeish

The idea of asking exiled Scots what they think of their home country is certainly an odd one, if ever so slightly contrived. These two politicians, albeit from different ‘tribes’ share a common belief that Scotland ‘could do better’.

This book seeks to illustrate, through its children overseas, the potential that the Scottish nation has, to rise to the top, in business, academia, sport or the arts. The authors suggest that absence lends perspective and that these overseas kinfolk have much to tell us about ourselves. Some have no intention of ever returning, while others see themselves only as visitors in their present country of residence. Some recall the negatives that led to their departure, while others do not turn their back deliberately. Some have not kept in touch with the old country, while others are well-informed.

In any case, their opinions are often insightful.

Royalties from the sale of the book will be paid to The Scotland Funds, a non-government charitable organisation, dedicated to connecting people of Scots descent back to Scotland via philanthropic giving.

Published by Luath Press Ltd.

ISBN 1-905222-37-8

Buy this book here

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