Nice Jumper (2002)

During the summer of 1988, something strange and disorientating happened to Tom Cox: he became a teenager. Then, something even stranger and more disorientating happened: despite the best endeavours of his relatively groovy, under appreciated parents, Tom started to play golf. Lots of it.

Finding himself inexorably drawn to a world of male-bonding rituals and curious trousers, Tom resisted the temptations of conventional rock and roll revolution, opting instead to cut a swathe through the golfing establishment, unnerving his fellow players with his grungy music taste and games of Hide The Dead Rodent In The Shoe. On the golf course he felt at home and simultaneously somehow alienated. But Tom also wanted to be the best, taking five years out of normal adolescence to live, breathe, walk and talk nothing but the sport he loved.

“As Frank Sinatra would sing, Nice Jumper goes ‘Straight down the middle’. How can a book about teenage boys, golf and Nottingham in the eighties be this good?” – Caitlin Moran

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