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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: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,107 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 By Caroline Morris on 5 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
`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 By E. Cockroft on 3 Jan 2008
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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 By A. Seibert on 22 Oct 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Catford on 17 Oct 2007
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It's a dangerous thought to sow in the head of Tom Cox, but I'm left with the nagging feeling that if he'd stuck with being a professional long enough he'd do alright one day. The honesty that runs through `Sergio' is painful in places, but it's heartwarming for him to admit to the one emotion that professionals are supposed to rise above - pure unadulterated fear. Fear of cocking it up, looking like a twat, and ending up wearing tangerine coloured nylon. Cox risked two of these but wisely steered well clear of the third, clinging firmly instead to his REO Speedwagon baseball cap for sartorial elegance.

He could be regarded as the antithesis of Michelle Wie. Unhyped, dare I say humble, not female, with a swing that can pure it. Trouble is their scoring is rather too similar. Even so, I'd put my money on Cox any day.

You can enjoy reading `Sergio' if you're a seasoned golfer or as someone who's never donned anything with a Nike or Slazenger logo and enjoy it immensely. I've been brought up with the game, a posh kid with a berrylium copper Ping wedge/spoon in my mouth, but the game always made me feel solitary, like you're up against something far more immense than you and nothing and nobody can face it but you alone. Scarey and, as this book proves, utterly hilarious.

Mr. Cox - when you need a mixed foursomes partner (I'm thinking of the prestigious Worplesdon foursomes), count me in. Failing that I'll see you at the next Urban Golf Open. And if you head back to the Tour, please don't tell them I suggested it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Cohen VINE VOICE on 14 Nov 2008
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I haven't played golf in years, but I write lots of golf speeches, which means I need to get some ideas and a feel for the game. I took a risk on Tom Cox, and I was handsomely rewarded. His prose is just sublime, like Guy Browning or Marcus Berkmann, he rolls out beautiful self-deprecatory sentences, one after the other, that keep you giggling for hours. Pity he couldn't play golf like that.

What I really liked about it was the rather melancholy wisdom. To play at the highest level you need to be very narrowly focused, and take everything incredibly seriously. My childhood dream was to be a politician, but it's the same thing in that field, the ones who are heading to the top, limit and constrain themselves in ways that I find perverse and sad. Tom Cox is a 'character' and humorous English prose is richer for it, even if golf isn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Middle Aged Metal on 4 Feb 2008
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A hugely enjoying and highly entertaining read from start to finish.

Once Tom got my interest in the opening pages of the book, my interest only intensified as I got further and further into the book. The anticipation of seeing what new mini disaster he could get himself into, coupled with the slight glimmer of hope that there would be some success for him towards the end, just meant that I couldn't put the thing down. Quite literally read in a day!

There is some success for him in the end, although not quite in the way you expect. I guess ultimately the real success to come from Tom's experiment is this brilliantly witty and self deprecating warts and all account of his trials and tribulations throughout his year of swinging with the big boys.

This comes highly recommended.
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