Golf is back in the limelight in Ireland with the "major" achievements of our own sporting stars in recent times. The likes of Graham Mc Dowell, Rory McIlory, Darren Clark and more recently Michael Hoey have brought golf to the forefront of our sporting minds.
With new fans of the sport and life-long enthusiasts this book will bring the subtleties and oddities of an ancient game to hand. The book is also for those sporting anoraks that like a fact or two along with trivia that will keep you entertained for many a night and relive the boredom of long excursions.
This book is exceptionally well writtrn by a very knowledgeable author, one who has the knack of keeping its readers entertained page after page.
I have read other publications by the author and this latest offering is of the same quality and standard.
A must read of all fans not just of Golf but sport in general.
All of the above are golfing terms I had never heard of before but found in John's super golf miscellany. Where do you start with reviewing this book? For me the wonderful foreword from Darren Clarke is what drew me in but then again I'm Irish! And perhaps Johns last entry in the book - 'Beware the wounded Tiger' might make us all remember the contribution Tiger Woods has made to the game of golf and the millions of golf fans around the world who became hooked on the sport just by watching Tiger destroy field after field on his way to winning 14 majors. But there is a new 'big cat' on the scene and that is our very own Rory McIlroy and I must admit that I really did enjoy reading about Rorys superb US open victory in 2011 as he tore the record books for this major apart! This book is ten out of ten in my opinion and would recommend it to all sports fans!
And I know my wife is glad she bought me it too because I haven't stop reading it since I received it. I love the fact that you can start reading it, go out and wash the car or do the shopping!, come back inside and pick up where you left off without getting lost. It is just one of those books which you can spend 5 minutes on or several hours on depending on how much spare time you have. After reading it you will certainly feel more knowledgeable about the game and its history. But I am careful where I set the book down because I know my wife wants to start reading it too and if that happens I will never get it back.
First, lasts, biographies, history, colourful events and unusual happenings are just some of the things you will read about inside this book. The title of this book is perfect in that John has managed to put together a cornucopia of golfing entries that will amaze and please you in equal measure. I loved the Patty Berg quote in the book: "Don't be in such a hurry. That little white ball is not going to run away from you." For me that perfectly sums up John's book - take your time reading it because there really is so much inside it that you will find it difficult to put it down after you open it. And as for who this book will appeal to then the answer is simple - all fans of the sport. Steven Perry
I thought The Golf Miscellany would be just another one of those books which after you read it you think to yourself just how much was left out of it. This is most certainly not the case with this absolute gem of a book. John has managed to cover the history of the sport like no other author has managed to and has given a great edge with a generous and very interesting sprinkling of facts and trivia throughout the book, in fact this was my favourite part of the book !! With a fantastic Foreword from the 2011 Open Champion, Darren Clarke, this book is a winner from first page to last. No matter what your own particular interest is in golf from Major Champions to the Great Golf Courses of the World to Players' Honours to detailed Biographies of many of the legends of the sport then they are all inside John's well researched and personalised book. Well worth a 5-Star review and well worth the great price.
John's book is the most comprehensive book I have ever come across on golf. I liked the sections covering each one of the four Majors from the most dramatic events down the years to the Champions. And in terms of value for money, then this book is well under par for the course. The Golf Miscellany is a must have book in any avid golf fan's collection.Philip Ferguson
A well known author, a little more famous that John White once described golf as spoiling a good walk or something to that effect.This book helps to redress that negative perception of what everyone knows is a very frustrating game to try to play and sometimes to watch. This book proves that reading is an interesting alternative. It is a very easy and interesting read which coincides nicely with a golden era in local golf. I hope John had time to put a wagor on out golfers when he was researching and writing the book.
John has compiled another great book of information, figures and quirky facts - this time about golf. Whether you're a fan of McIlroy or Tiger, or just someone who swings away on the driving range, you'll enjoy this book. Jam-packed full of trivia and details - five stars!