6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Glorious mess,
This review is from: The Yips (Hardcover)
I love Nicola Barker's work. It is eccentric, it meanders about. It is dark and odd and strange, and a lot of the time it doesn't really go anywhere. This kind of thing, I have to say, usually drives me bonkers, but with Barker's work it doesn't. The Yips is an odd novel, which really ambles about all over the shop. Nothing is resolved, many of the characters appear briefly and then their stories never really get taken up. Not a lot happens. But I love it anyway. Stuart Ransom is a professional golfer and wild child who has become a bit of a drunken, annoying has been, and who now has the yips, a nervous condition in golfers that means that their hands shake so much they are unable to play properly. He washes up in a hotel in Luton to open a second rate golf course, and ends up entangled in the lives of everyone he bumps into over a few rather surreal, chaotic days. The book involves Nazi relics, a man who has survived cancer nine times, a disillusioned lady vicar, an avant garde tattooist with agoraphobia and a whole host of other, improbable characters.
If you like neat and tidy stories with a beginning, middle and end, this will not be for you. Otherwise you might find you really enjoy it.