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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (18 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452645795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452645797
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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'Oliver Horovitz is a writer to watch. Even if you don't play golf you will enjoy the Ring Lardner style of Ollie's An American Caddie in St. Andrews. The book has great characters and a wonderful sense of being a fish out of water.' - Michael Douglas

'With the energy and joy of youth, he describes his gap year ...His interaction with the group of pretty university girls, deemed "Model Caddies", is wondrous...Horovitz shares his deeply felt memories of golf, girls, and the academy boldly, never taking himself too seriously or being irreverent about the caddie tradition on the time-honored Old Course links.' - Publishers Weekly

'In this breezy memoir, the younger brother of a Beastie Boy spills insider tales about looping and living in St. Andrews...the characters bitter old caddies, the author's university pals and his 83 year old uncle are lovable. So, too, are Horovitz's yarns, which feature late night antics in the Old Toon and a round caddying for Seinfeld creator Larry David.' - Golf Magazine

'This is a story you have to read before your next bogey. Oliver has his priorities spot on!' - --Gary McCord

'An American Caddie in St. Andrews is a funny, charming, coming-of age tale about golf and life ... Horovitz is a gifted writer, and an engaging storyteller ... and he can read putts!' Huey Lewis

'While exposing the insular world of the St. Andrews caddie, Oliver Horovitz discovers a good deal of truth about golf, golfers, and himself. A terrific read. Recommended.' - --Curt Sampson, author of The War By the Shore --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Oliver Horovitz is a writer, filmaker and caddie on the Old Course in St. Andrews. He has written about his caddying experience for Sports Illustrated, Golf World and Golf Digest. He has written, directed and produced a documentary called 'The Caddies of St. Andrews' (2007). He divides his time between St. Andrews and New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GRE on 3 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book first came on my radar via a BBC Golf correspondent Tweeting about it and how glad am I that I took notice. I'm a golf book nut and particularly love bio's and journals. 'An American Caddie in St Andrews', truly hits the spot and is interspersed with a wonderful account of the authors' relationship with his Uncle Ken and his loyal sidekick, Henry. The book is a very well balanced journal and I would not hesitate to recommend to all golfers - there are many laugh out loud anecdotes and one or two that will have you in tears of laughter and sadness too. It's enhanced if as a golfer you've made the pilgrimage up to St Andrews, but would certainly inspire you to do so also, if you haven't already. Enjoy - you will not be disappointed. Thanks Ollie Horovitz!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bailey on 11 May 2013
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For me this was a very well written, humorous and heartfelt account of the mysterious life behind the scenes of a golf caddie. It was told through the eyes of young American golfer who must have encountered many occasions of being treated an outsider in his attempt to become a fully qualified St Andrews caddie, some of which I'm sure didn't get into the book!
Even if you're not into the world of golf this is a great read and would highly recommend you go out and buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gordie67 on 9 Jun. 2013
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Fantastic tale of the old course and the characters who make up the caddie team. I stay locally and recognise many of the people and names used. Highly recommended.
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By DJ on 19 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished the entire book in under a day and have to say it was not what i was expecting . I had imagined a brash American blowing his own trumpet and telling us all he was the king of the caddies , i couldn't have been more wrong . He comes across as quite a likeable chap , not at all overbearing and with a genuine love of St Andrews and it's people .
It's funny in parts , sad in parts and interesting from start to finish , glad that my preconceptions didn't stop me reading this book .
My only criticism would be that when quoting a certain swear word he often replaces the "u" with "oo" , i have never heard it said that way in St Andrews and i've worked there for 30+ years , a minor irritant but thought i'd mention it .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DavidM on 28 May 2013
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Well written book full of genuinely funny moments with some sad moments too.well worth a read, also gives a real insight into a caddies day to day hard work out on the links of St. Andrews.
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By Andy on 8 Jan. 2014
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For anyone who has ever played golf seriously this is a great book. Ollie captures the beauty and essence of The Old course at St Andrews. The stories and personalities of the characters in the caddie hut are funny, sad and intriguing. He also tells a wonderful sub plot about his Uncle Ken who evokes that great charm of a man who has seen so much and loved life.
I'm hoping that the Ollie's documentary made whilst caddying is soon made available.
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Having played the Old Course and recognised some characters in the book - as well as being Scottish - the book has a comforting familiarity of a unique area and unique situations. An original take and well-written but not life-changing. Gave me a laugh or two andbrought back memories. If you don't the area or the type of person that is Uncle Ken then maybe you won't get it but it's one of the better ones of its genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grateful on 1 May 2013
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An entertaining and insightful read. We will be hearing a lot more from Mr Horovitz! Keep up the good work!
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