Magazine article The Spectator

To a Tee

Magazine article The Spectator

To a Tee

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Sporting literature is a strange old business, often underrated by those who don't like sport and overrated by those who do. In particular, a warm glow hovers over the reputation of golf writing, which has attained an eminence the unsung littérateurs of snooker and darts can only envy.

Golf Stories (Everyman's Library, £10.99), edited by the American journalist Charles McGrath, arrives as a small and beautifully appointed hardback, as certain of itself as any book can be. Primarily aimed at a US readership, it includes many of the usual suspects: Stephen Leacock, with a slightly weary piece of New Yorkerish whimsy; John Updike's frequently anthologised 'Farrell's Caddie'; the famed golfing scene from Goldfinger; and only one P. G. Wodehouse story when you would happily read 20. …

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