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Tom Cox
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4 Sep 2008

As a teenager, Cox dreamed of sporting immortality. For four years he devoted himself to the game of golf. 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 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 trouser and headed for the golf course. To turn pro. 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?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224078615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224078610
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,975 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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"Caused me to laugh out loud" (The Times)

"Cox may not have much to boast about in the field of sporting achievement, but he has what many of his rivals palpably lack: an inner landscape, an imagination. These are terrible handicaps for a golfer, but pretty darn useful in a writer... A very, very good book" (Daily Telegraph)

"I'm not a golf fan myself, but Cox is such an enthusiastic writer that he's made me see the sport in a new light" (Mail on Sunday)

"Tom Cox writes brilliantly about golf. He knows the game inside-out: its potent allure, its absurd comedy and its mind-bending frustrations. If they had a handicap-system for golf-writers Tom Cox would be scratch" (William Boyd)

"One of the funniest books on golf ever written" (Metro)

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'Possibly the funniest book about golf ever written' - Guardian

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our finest young purveyors of witty prose 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
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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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 2 months ago by cherie trounce
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent, a must for all goffers
Published 2 months 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 3 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 5 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 9 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 13 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 15 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 17 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 18 months ago by GT
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