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Tom Cox
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20 Sep 2007
In every life, there are roads taken and untaken, choices made and dreams abandoned. And then there's golf. As a teenager, Tom Cox dreamed of sporting immortality. For four years he devoted himself to the game he loved. And then, one day, he walked away. But as he got older, those dreams kept coming back. Perhaps it was turning thirty, perhaps it was winning his local club's scratch championship, perhaps it was having his first hole in one, but he decided it was time to start again, to live the dream for real. So he switched off his computer, grabbed his checked trousers and headed for the golf course. To turn pro. There are two ways of becoming a full-time professional sportsman. The first and most favoured approach goes something like this: be born gifted; take up your chosen game early; practise incredibly hard; let nothing stand in your way. The second is more controversial. Just turn up. As long as you're wearing the right socks, you should be OK. Confident in the simplicity of this approach, Tom headed out for the course. What was eight years playing for England Boys and a lifetime of top-class coaching compared to his whippy wrist action and trusty 1980s putter! The Open Championship was only five of the best rounds of his life away and, given a few warm-up tournaments, how hard could it be? One physically and psychologically gruelling year later, Tom returns with the story of how he survived the world of professional golf. Are the pros really so much more gifted than the rest of us? Does an amateur stand a chance? And will he finally get a birdie? Find out, in this hilarious account of one man's pursuit of his dreams.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press (20 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224078607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224078603
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Cox was born in Nottingham in 1975. Since leaving his post as The Guardian's Pop Critic in 2000, he has written seven books, including the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Good, The Bad And The Furry. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, Esquire, and many other publications. He lives in Devon.

Tom Cox is a very funny writer.' - Kate Atkinson

'Made me laugh out loud.' - David Sedaris

'Tom Cox writes brilliantly about golf.' William Boyd

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'He is a young, multi-talented and an accomplished writer'
-- The Times

'Tom Cox embarks on a poignant and hilarious journey of self-discovery to see if he can make it as a pro over the course of a year.' -- Metro

'Tom Cox's book is funny. His self-proclaimed status as a golfing outsider provides edge to his story' -- Daily Mail - Peter McKay

`Cox's descriptions of life on the fringes of the professional game are highly entertaining'
-- The Mail on Sunday

`If he hadn't had such a lousy year, he wouldn't have written such a very, very good book'
-- Daily Telegraph

`this is possibly the funniest book about golf ever written' -- Guardian Unlimited

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'Possibly the funniest book about golf ever written' - Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
`Bring Me The Head of Sergio Garcia!' by Tom Cox. ISBN: 978-0-224-07860-3
Only the naive are foolish enough to think that pro golf is `the ultimate lifestyle.' The sacrificing of `normal human activities' to endless hours of practice, travel, sombre nights alone and tunnel vision, is no fun. Heartache over missed putts is far more common than fortune and glory. To get to the top you have to be born gifted, take the game up very young, practice incredibly hard and allow absolutely nothing to stand in your way. When Tom Cox decided to try his luck on the `third division' EuroPro Tour his life degenerated into the sub-title, My Year of Swinging Dangerously On The Pro Golf Tour.
Cox, who also wrote the extremely funny, irreverant golf spoof, Nice Jumper, has hit top writing form again. His insights are both cruel and hilarious. This book won't teach you how to be a successful pro but it does explain the harsh realities from a self-deprecatingly painful and amusing perspective.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest golfing book ever read 3 Jan 2008
Just finished "Bring me the head...." To use the authors golfing parlance - I p...ed myself laughing at a tale of heartbreak and misery. With profanities ringing in my ears, the descriptions of shanks, chypps and the mind numbing 86's reminded me of so many "character building" events I have put myself through in over thirty years of playing the great game of golf. Congratulations on what for me has been the funniest read in years.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tom Cox Masterpiece!! 22 Oct 2007
Tom Cox, as always, has provided a fun read about his year out as a professional golfer. He discusses the thoughts, the fears, his impressions, and all in an easy read and one that will keep you entertained from cover to cover. This is the second of Tom's books I have read and it will certainly not be the last. Anyone who is a fan of golf, curious about the life of a professional, or wonders what goes through the head of an out-of-place person, you will love this book. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Cheers!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the love ....and the loss of Golf 24 Feb 2012
Last night I just finished reading this little gem of a book, and I hope based on the fact you are reading a review you want to buy it. I say do.

You might be someone who is looking for a present for their golf mad dad, lad or lady, or you might be a driving range nut looking for a good read. I'm a golf widow and I can honestly say I have never laughed so hard at a single read.

After over a decade away from professional golf, a magical moment on his home course at sunset and comments from playing partners that don't understand why he doesn't make the most of his potential, Tom goes back on the road to try and recapture his dream of being a Pro Golfer. "Bring me the head..." takes you through the highs and very human lows of the Europro circuit, the obsession with swing paths, biorhythms, short game prep, focus, fees and why a good drive and a good putt can make a round. If you have ever been curious about what it would take, what sets your club pro and the Lee Westwood's of this world apart; this would be a good place to start.

If like me you're an Edie (you'll understand when you read this book) and that golf ball lying next to you in bed is the only reason the sport entered your otherwise peaceful existence, and you just want to know what is going through that head of theirs, why they think in yardages, why they can't just have a good round, and why the hell it's so important to stay on plane, and what you should say after they come in from a tournament, or a medal, this is for you too!

An honest and uplifting portrayal of pursuing a dream that will make you laugh out loud...and will certainly make you think twice before you change your shoes on the car park!*

*or at least will make you laugh while you're doing it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent tale from Tom Cox 3 Sep 2010
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In conjunction with his other book, 'Nice Jumper' Tom Cox has produced some timeless books that really do capture not just the addiction of the golfing nut but also the sheer futility. Clearly a talented golfer in his youth Tom has 'one more go' at cracking the big time and produces an excellent dry humourous take on the world of golf and those it affects. All golfers will enjoy this but also anyone who enjoys a look at human nature at it's funniest and, at times, it's most frail. Buy the both of these books (read 'Nice Jumper' first) and you will enjoy an excellent, humourous, read through the travails of a junior and latterly club golfer trying to 'beat' golf. Of course we, and mostly the author, know that this is never going to happen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring Me The Head of Sergio Garcia 12 July 2010
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Bought as a present for a golfing "nut", it was received with delight. Keen price - brilliantly instant delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pitch perfect 18 Sep 2009
A humour classic. Gets man's love-hate relationship with golf down to a tee. And threaded through with a stunning series of self-mocking, highly observant, beautifully written witticisms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!! 26 Aug 2009
The book is as good a read for non golfers as dyed in the wool golfers. You will see the comparisons between your game and Tom's and laugh endlessly at his observations. A fact that the whole episode is true almost makes it funnier.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be bothered.....
Read the opening few pages and felt this was a golf book after my own heart. Proper humour that the non golf snob enjoys and revels in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and down to earth brilliant
I know nothing about golf, but I do now, witty, funny and down to earth brilliant
Published 1 month ago by cherie trounce
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent, a must for all goffers
Published 1 month ago by missileman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
A must read for any wannabe aspiring to join the pro ranks very funny and a good read cover to cover
Published 2 months ago by Ok
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and engaging for golfers and non-golfers alike
The tale of the author's unimpressive first year as a golf pro, this book is warm and funny. Poor golers will wince at its veritas, good golferswill smile at the sharp observation... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gary Longden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good golf story
I enjoyed the story which was very amusing.
It will not help your golf , though I am sure you will recognise some of the characters.
Good present.
Published 8 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from the king of comedic golf books
Like its predecessor, Nice Jumper, this book looks at Tom Cox's enduring love of golf. But this isn't a book about birdies, eagles and what club to use for the 100 yard shot to the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Plum
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
Didn't find this a good story or well written. Perhaps some of the authors earlier books were better but this isn't the laugh out loud book it was billed as.
Published 14 months ago by Nickrroo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, whether you're a golf fan or not.
With the exception of The Lost Tribes of Pop, which should be delivered later this week, Garcia is the last book of Tom Cox's that I have read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was quite poor
At times amusing, but not something an avid golfer will enjoy.

This guy sounds more like a lost soul than a gofler
Published 17 months ago by GT
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