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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2013
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
on 11 May 2013
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
on 9 June 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2015
Absolutely superb. A brilliant story, one that I would strongly recommend. Moments of great humour but then just as quickly it will bring tears to your eyes. If I read a better book this year it will have to be extremely good. Im not one who normally writes reviews but this book is THAT good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2014
Entertaining light read
Over 70 now, living nr St Andrews, not into golf but have taken a guided walking tour of The Old Course so enjoyed Ollie's story &insights about golf, caddies, the town & his life from age 18 to 25. Hope to read more from Ollie.
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on 19 October 2013
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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on 14 February 2015
I used to run a bookshop in St. Andrews majoring in golf books. This is certainly one I'd have had no hesitation in recommending to my customers. A rattling good read with, of course, inside knowledge. I might have sold nearly as many copies as I did of Rick MacKenzie's book (yes the formidable Caddy Master's "Wee Nip at The Nineteenth Hole") Uncle Ken keeps the book rooted in the real St. Andrews, while many of the other characters like the model caddies come and go. How on earth could I have missed the entertaining Model Caddies debacle, I live here? I thought Ollie was just another pushy student when I met him, but the push was always concealed by bucket loads of charm and, in the book, you get the latter without the former.
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on 16 August 2014
I bought this book while on my annual trip to St Andrews. I'm a fan of the game of golf and the town of St. Andrews, so thought this would be a perfect read for me. I wasn't disappointed and couldn't put it down and loved not only the story itself, but the well observed picture that Oliver horovitz paints of the town and its inhabitants. I knew all of the places mentioned in the book and the author brought them life perfectly. A great insight into the home of golf and the caddies that add so much to the old course experience. Made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes in equal measure. 5 stars and highly recommended from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
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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on 26 November 2014
Really great book about Oliver's experiences of getting into the world of the caddies at St Andrews. He writes in a very engaging style and you really get the sense of the place. As a golfer I loved it and made me want to play St Andrews at least once in my life, and I was very jealous of the easy access he seemed to have to the great courses up there.

I also think non golfers will get a lot out of it as you could argue it is not really a book about golf but about someone growing up, family and friendship. With golf just being the backdrop.
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