Preferred Lies: A Journey to the Heart of Scottish Golf: A Journey to the Heart of Golf Paperback – 18 Apr 2007
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Greig's purely struck prose is not the only strength of this book. For one thing he has excellent taste in golf courses. (Lawrence Donegan THE GUARDIAN)
one you should look out for is novelist Andrew Greig's PREFERRED LIES. To describe it as a tour of the Scottish golf courses is to do it a grave disservice, as it is really a book of 'life thinking. (Giles Foden CONDE NAST TRAVELLER)
If you have, or ever have had, any interest in golf, buy this book and read it. Buy it for your loved one, your lost one, the Saturday morning medal deserter . . . They and you will love it, inhabit it, and possibly be transformed by it. It's the best book about golf I've ever read. (Tom Moreton SUNDAY HERALD)
PREFERRED LIES is satisfying, demanding, allusive and provocative. I finished it not merely wishing I was as good at golf as Greig, but also as good at learning from it.¿ (Rick Gekoski SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY)
Greig....., has crafted a wonderful book about how it feels to be alive, in which the game of golf is a conduit for sensation. Here, golf isn't a metaphor for life - it is life. Sculpted in luminous prose, which echoes his work as one of Scotland's leading poets and novelists, this is a beautiful, affecting piece of work.' (Mike Aitken THE SCOTSMAN)
a wonderful and wise book, quite unlike any golfing book you will have ever read before. (Dermot Bolger THE IRISH TIMES)
Thought-provoking and moving. (Doug Johnstone THE LIST)
PREFERRED LIES feels like quite a special book. (Tom Cox THE INDEPENDENT)
Greig writes engagingly. His observations are sharp, sometimes zany. (Michael Lister THE TLS)
he does have an ear for the way people talk and express themselves on and off the course. (Ian Dunlop THE SPECTATOR)
a triumph..... his beautiful prose and wry observations will keep you reading into the night. (GOLF PUNK)
The pleasure of this book is no doubt down to the fact that the author is an accomplished writer (GOLF INTERNATIONAL)
If you are looking for a seriously fine piece of writing and have a rudimentary understanding of a game which involves using a stick to hit a little white ball into a hole several hundred yards away, then PREFERRED LIES is worth reading. (Brackley Sumner TRIBUNE) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A book about golf that will appeal to both players and non players, by Scottish poet and novelist.See all Product description
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My only reservation is that sometimes it veers almost towards psycho-babble and a talking of golf in terms of sex with his wife, to this reader at least, seems strained at best. However these are only minor quibbles. Having played some of the courses he describes I want to play them again, taking in as much of the atmosphere as Greig does, rather than remaining hell bent on the result of my game. Those courses I have not been so fortunate to play yet are stored away and will, hopefully, be played before too long.
This little book is an inspiration and a joy.
Andrew Greig is to be congratulated for a deeply touching piece of work, that encapsulates so many things we all find ourselves too busy to either give time to, or remedy. If this doesn't win the William Hill Sports Book Of The Year, then there is something wrong somewhere.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who feels they've lost touch with their past, or need to feel they belong in the world, and he plays some bloody good courses too!
In addition to all this, the book is full of wonderful descriptions of obscure courses in Scotland and humorous insights into the game, illness, relationships....and life. It would be a possible choice for my Desert Island book.
A wonderful book about the joys of life and what it is to be human, which should touch the soul of anyone who has ever loved the game of golf
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