If you think Outlander‘s an emotional ride, then get ready to go on an even deeper journey into the psyche of the series’ leading man, SamHeughan, with his upcoming memoir!
On March 22, 2022, the actor and author announced on Instagram that his first solo book project, called Waypoints, will be full of “stories from my life, with personal insight plus my hopes, dreams and plans for the future.” The title follows Heughan’s non-fiction bestsellers, Clanlands andClanlands Almanac, both of which he co-wrote with his Outlander co-star and Men in Kilts co-host, Graham McTavish.
Heughan’s had a busy few years, not only starring as your favorite romantic Highlander Jamie Fraser for the past six seasons on Starz’s Outlander and as one of your guides through the Scottish Highlands in his road-trip show with McTavish; he’s also put out an award-winning whisky, which he called The Sassenach (Outlander fans get it), and most recently, a tequila, The Sassenach Select, in partnership with El Tequileño. But his latest venture proves to be his most personal yet. Here’s all the details on Heughan’s soon-to-be published memoir, Waypoints.
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What is Sam Heughan’s memoir called?
Sam Heughan’s memoir will be titled Waypoints and will be published both in the U.S. (by Voracious, an imprint of Little, Brown) and in the U.K. (by Radar).
What is Sam Heughan’s memoir Waypoints about?
Waypoints is a memoir framed by Heughan’s attempt to hike the West Highland Way, a journey he describes as “100 miles from my home to the base of the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis.” The idea to do something more than your run-of-the-mill autobiography was all Heughan’s. As reported in Bookseller, Heughan says of his concept behind the memoir, “I wanted to tell the stories and share the experiences that have shaped me, but to do that I needed to challenge myself and spend some time in my own company, away from the distractions of everyday life. And for me there’s no better place to reflect than in the wild Scottish Highlands.” Radar publisher Briony Gowlett added, “With the walk itself as the backdrop to the narrative, the result is a love letter to the wild Scottish landscape that means so much to Sam, and a charming, funny, wise, and searching insight to the world through his eyes.”
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For a sneak peek into just what his journey will entail, Heughan tweeted a short video from the first day of his Highland adventure on March 23, 2022. In it, he tells viewers while breathing heavily atop a mountain, “That almost killed me… That was really tough.” He also pointed far off into the distance to share with fans where he’s headed next.
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What does the Sam Heughan memoir Waypoints cover look like?
Heughan shared a look at the cover of Waypoints with PEOPLE, and it’s as ruggedly handsome as the star himself. The photo features Heughan sitting on a tree stump next to a small fire in the wilderness of his native Scotland—and, yes, he has a glass of whisky in his hand.
“I’m excited to share the cover of my memoir, Waypoints, in which I walk Scotland’s dramatic 96-mile West Highland Way and attempt to climb Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak, whilst I reflect on the personal and defining moments of my life,” Heughan told PEOPLE. “This cover is special to me as it depicts the Scottish Highlands that have given me so much throughout my career.”
He added, “In fact, the photograph was taken on the shores of Loch Lomond, where the journey almost ended. I can’t wait for you to join me on this adventure. I hope that you will find something in Waypoints to inspire your own journey.”
Is there a trailer for Sam Heughan’s memoir Waypoints?
Sort of! On April 20, Heughan Instagrammed a short selfie video that seems to show him on his trek. In it, he tells the camera pensively, “Through the lowlands of Scotland, to the Highlands and ultimately… to Ben Nevis—wherever it is—the highest mountain in the UK! I can’t wait for you to come on this journey with me.”
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When is Sam Heughan’s memoir Waypoints coming out?
Waypoints is set to be published simultaneously in the U.K. and the U.S. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.
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Where can I order Sam Heughan’s memoir Waypoints?
Hueghan’s memoir Waypoints will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and all major book retailers and is now available for pre-order at several online outlets, including Amazon at the link here. In the meantime, Clanlands and Clanlands Almanac are also available for purchase.
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