Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast Hardcover – 1 Jul 2002
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From the Back Cover
'This book by the well-respected author, Curtis Gillespie, offers an interesting and unique mix of golf and autobiography amid the games hallowed settings in Scotland - the experiences of a golfing historian turned writer. The descriptions tickled fond memories for me.'
'Curtis Gillespie is a beautiful writer, with an exquisite touch reminiscent of John Updike. He can describe the ephemera of the natural world and the fragility of human relationships with the same sure hand. PLAYING THROUGH is a book about golf, history, friendship and the love of family; it is compelling and evocative and memorable in the very best sense.'
ALISTAIR MACLEOD, author of NO GREAT MISCHIEF
'PLAYING THROUGH is one of those special books that comes along only about as often as your favourite links course appears on the Open Rota - an elegiac tribute to lifes most wonderful and complex game and the enduring bonds it creates, a beautifully rendered meditation on what it means to be a good son, a loving father, and a lasting friend of the game. If I could recommend but one book this year, this would be it.'
JAMES DODSON, author of FINAL ROUNDS
About the Author
Curtis Gillespie has received numerous awards for his fiction, including the Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writer's Union of Canada. His non-fiction has appeared in publications in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, and his writing on politics, sports, science and the arts has earned him three National Magazine Awards. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and two daughters.
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The author starts his journey in St Andrews where he is studying for an MA. I suspect that he did most of his studying on the golf course and in the bars of St Andrews though as he is soon asked to leave.
Later having married, had children, and lost his favourite golfing partner his father, he returns to Scotland to spend a year writing and playing golf. The friends that he makes along the way, especially the mercurial Jack, all facinate in their own way.
Anyone who has a true golfing soul and appreciates the view from the 7th at Gullane 1 will enjoy this, if you are after an instruction book on golf, forget it.
I'm usually more of a science fiction fan, and came to this book 5 times before I gave in and bought it. I thought it would end up being nothing but a souvenir of my visit to Gullane, but it turned out to be much more.
The book looks at the life of Curtis and those around him, whilst giving an in depth insite in to golf in East Lothian.
So whether your a biography fan, golf fan, a historian of any description, or just a lover of a good story, this could appeal to you. I find myself unable to put the book down when I start to read, and already I want to know more about golf in East Lothian and Curtis Gillespie.
In simple terms this really is a masterclass of biographical writing.
The cover photo, and the title, both suggest that this is a book about golf. It is not. It is a runaway tale of the author's life, his guilt complex about the early death of his father, his stay in Gullane, with a bit of golf thrown in.
The standard of writing may indeed be high, but more than anything this book is a supreme example of the power of marketing. Take an unexceptional story written by an unexceptional person, give it a misleading title and wrap it in a sexy cover. Sit back and watch the cash roll in.