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Seven titles in contention for Golf Book of the Year


BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2012

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1 - The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers

Author: Andy Farrell
Published by: Elliott & Thompson

Since the Open Championship began in 1860, every era of golf has produced great players. Golf journalist Andy Farrell puts forward his suggestions for top 100 golfing icons, from the early Scottish professionals who pioneered the game, such as Old Tom Morris and his son, Young Tommy, through such 20th century golden greats as Bobby Jones, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros, to the modern era of Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam, and the young pretenders of Yani Tseng and Rory McIlroy. Farrell has explored each golfer's achievements and personality, setting them in the context of their era, in a fascinating and thought-provoking volume.


2 - The Caddy Chronicles, Book One - The Rookie Season

Author: J J McClure
Published by: Createspace

An amusing and entertaining collection of stories seen through the eyes of a rookie caddy at a fictional -- or at least carefully disguised -- Scottish golf course not far from the hallowed St Andrews, of his own misadventures on and off the course and of the colourful characters who inhabit the caddy shack.  McClure bluffs his way into the job after being caught by his wife in a compromising position with his secretary, and while the link between this episode and his becoming a caddy is not entirely clear the opportunity this offers him to acquire a rich fund of tales makes up for any gaps in the story.

Author: David Cannon
Published by: Rizzoli International Publications

A limited-edition luxury gift book containing spectacular photographs, including five-foot-wide fold-out panoramas of the best golf courses from the far reaches of Great Britain and Ireland.  Stunning panoramic views by photographer David Cannon highlight the appeal of nearly 100 of the most extraordinary and historic golf courses, from the incomparable St Andrews to the spectacular heaths of Carnoustie in Scotland to glimpses of grazing sheep at Royal North Devon Golf Club.  Features more than 300 sumptuous images that capture the exceptional union of nature and course design. 

Author: Alun Evans
Published by: Evanstar Publishing

A retrospective to celebrate 150 years of Majors, a snapshot of sports history beginning in the mid-19th century with the first Open Championship. It tells the story from the birth of golf in Scotland, when the first professionals supplemted their meagre earnings by betting heavily on the outcome of their own events, to the modern day phenomenon of Tiger Woods, introducing the reader to every golfing superstar that emerged along the way. These are backed up by the complete results of every event as well as the records of every player who started a Major championship, to form a complete chronicle of the four great events. 

Author: David L Dobby
Published by: Broadside Publishing

The first detailed history written of the Royal Cinque Ports club, from its inception to the end of 2009, liberally illuminated with more than 160 photographs and other illustrations and including profiles of the 25 personalities author David L Dobby -- the club's archivist and historian -- considers to have had a significant bearing on its history.  Published in a limited edition of 550 copies, 200 of them signed by the author, printed on 130gsm silk paper and bound in green Wibalin over 3mm boards with gold blocking to the spine. 

Authors: Craig Morrison, Andrew Ross, John Kernick
Published by: 18 Greatest Golf

With a foreword by Padraig Harrington and interviews with some of the games great golfers and architects (including Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Nick Faldo, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Pat Ruddy and Martin Hawtree), 18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes features chapters on the country's very best golfing challenges, accompanied by images taken by renowned photographer John Kernick.  The holes are selected by consensus, based on interviews not only with star names but with members, greenkeepers, aficionados and golf architects. A limited edition volume. 

Authors: H R J Grant, D M Wilson
Published by: Grant Books

Another retrospective, brining together extracted reports, descriptions and essays on golf courses from the Golfing Annuals published between 1888 and 1910, including 13 folding maps, photographs of courses and biographies of players, amateur and professional, grouped with the relevant courses and with accompanying poems and verse. A limited edition 520-page book bound in green buckram and weighing 2kg.

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