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Seve: Golf's Flawed Genius (The Updated Definitive Biography) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Green
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***Shortlisted for BEST GOLF BOOK OF THE YEAR at the British Sports Book Awards 2013***


A golfing legend with five major championships to his credit, Severiano Ballesteros was one of the game’s great heroes – charismatic, charming, fiery, unpredictable. His untimely death in May 2011, after a prolonged struggle with cancer, left his sport bereft.

Over the course of Seve’s career, no other golf writer enjoyed such regular contact with him as Robert Green – meetings, interviews, conversations and meals together, all of which led to a video and a golf instruction book. This book draws on the material and insights gathered during those collaborative years to capture the ‘real Seve’. It describes his family and upbringing in Spain and recalls his great on-course triumphs – not least his enormous role in the revival of the fortunes of the Ryder Cup, which thanks to him is today one of the world’s great sporting events – as well as his calamities. Dramatically and insightfully, Green recalls the great wins in the Open and the Masters, and also those titles that excruciatingly slipped from Seve’s grasp.

The book also examines Seve’s darker side: his controversial and very public spats with officialdom and his sometimes tempestuous private life, including his divorce from Carmen, the daughter of one of Spain’s wealthiest men and mother of his three children, to whom he was married for 17 years. And even after his death, his legacy could not rest.

Above all, though, it is Seve the golfer who takes centre stage, resulting in a portrait that does full justice to its colourful and mercurial subject. It is a story which will enthral all those who watched and admired this golfing icon throughout his remarkable career.

‘I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I’m thinking, “I’m going to bury you.”’ Seve Ballesteros

'Encyclopaedic insight, framed within a compelling narrative – the definitive account of a sporting icon.' Stephen Evans, BAFTA award-winner and producer of the upcoming film of Seve's life


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About the Author

Robert Green is the Editor in Chief of Golf International magazine. He has been the recipient of three British Sports Journalism Awards and is the author of four previous books on golf, including Trouble-Shooting, an instruction book written with Seve, with whom he also scripted an instruction video. His own golf is not of genius level, although he has inflicted himself on over 400 golf courses on five continents, bringing greenkeepers around the world to their knees. Somehow, he once won a golf writers’ tournament. He lives in Islington, North London, with his wife and several putters. Follow Robert Green on Twitter: @robrtgreen

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2500 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8K6IJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Green is the Editor in Chief of Golf International magazine. He has been the recipient of three British Sports Journalism Awards and is the author of four previous books on golf, including Trouble-Shooting, an instruction book written with Seve, with whom he also scripted an instruction video. His own golf is not of genius level, although he has inflicted himself on over 400 golf courses on five continents, bringing greenkeepers around the world to their knees. Somehow, he once won a golf writers' tournament. He lives in Islington, North London, with his wife and several putters.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As we saw so poignantly at the Ryder Cup, the spirit of Seve Ballesteros remains an invigorating force in European golf - an enduring symbol of passion, determination and defiance.
Robert Green's book succeeds admirably as both a celebration and a rigorous examination of the elusive Spanish phenomenon who helped transform golf on so many levels over his tumultuous and controversial career.
As a British golf magazine editor since the 1980s, the author enjoyed regular access to Seve for exclusive articles and instruction shoots and at functions beyond the standard tournament press conferences. The resulting anecdotes that spice this compelling account provide a fly-on-the-wall insight often lacking in so many cut-and-paste biogs.
Similarly essential are the first-hand contributions from an A-list cast of characters including Nick Faldo, José Maria Olazabal and David Leadbetter, as well as assorted big-shot tour executives and family members.
While Green is clearly a huge fan, it doesn't prevent him - as the title confirms - from chasing the demons that formed the flip-side to his subject's on-course genius, charm and tenacity.
Beyond the thorough, fluent and balanced biog of a sporting legend, it's an absorbing tale of the radical rebranding of golf since the 1970s, and the pivotal influence of the central character who remained so passionate and defiant til his own untimely end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 Dec. 2012
By SophieN
Format:Paperback
It is an all too common trend in sporting biographies to tell a tale of a sportsperson who may have achieved a lot but who does not have a particularly captivating story, or to tell the tale of someone who is currently in the sporting limelight but only partway through their career. This biography, however, is about a great golfer who had a glittering career but also had a fascinating life story. It is clearly written by someone who knew Seve well and this allows the author to paint a compelling picture of him. A must have for all golf fans but I also recommend it to any readers who enjoy sports books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Seve then read this 16 April 2013
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Having read every book on The King of European golf this was a book that I somehow missed. It brought back fond memories of my hero a great golfer and champion who inspired so many. Even though like other people who reviewed this book and found much of the tedious shot detail at times boring it recollected shots which I'd seen both at tournaments and on tv which I had long since forgotten.
Long may Seve's life be celebrated. A must read if you are a fan of one of the all time masters.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 26 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The legend that was Seve is played out warts and all in this detailed and frank biography. An excellent coverage of his early years, his jump into stardom and the lengths he went to in continuing his ultimate passion. The cruel twists of fate of a continual back injury mixed with his unswerving belief in his own supremacy bring alive the ups and downs of this legend. A great book about a true golf phenomenon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seve 1 Mar. 2013
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Great book.The truth did not hurt.He was pure class.Long may his spirit live.No wonder the Brits loved him.Good job he wasnt at Trafalgar
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True champion 14 Jan. 2013
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A flawed genius at times, true champion. Ryder cup success is only down to Seve, Ian Poulter has taken over his mantle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seve: Golf's Flawed Genius 27 Nov. 2012
By Sophia
Format:Kindle Edition
Seve was a hero for me and golfers all around the world when he was alive and still remains so despite dying at a young age from a brain tumor. The 2012 Ryder Cup proved what a powerful influence Seve has had on golfers and also fans of golf, and this wonderful book tells the story of his life and those amazing achievements plus his highs and lows on and off the golf course. But beyond doubt, it proves what a golfing genius Seve was - simple! An inspirational read especially for all of us who at least once in a round attempt a daring 'Seve escape' shot!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In honour of a great golfer 9 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Gave a interesting insight into a fantastic golfer, who not only
Won tournaments but also won peoples hearts and respect.
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