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The Essential Henry Longhurst: The Best of His Writing in Golf Illustrated - Henry Longhurst

Willow Books, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gift card pasted onto the first blank otherwise a very well presented copy.

From the cover: “For many people there has never been a finer writer on the game of golf than Henry Longhurst. As well as being the golf correspondent of the Sunday Times, he was a regular contributor to Golf Illustrated and for a period of 15 years from 1954 to 1969, he had his own fortnightly column which gave him free rein to expound on practically everything connected with golf, and therefore life itself, for as he was fond of saying: ‘The more I think about golf, the more I think it’s like life’. This is a selection of the best of his writing from the magazine, comprising over 130 articles.

Many of his views on golf, and on life, were somewhat reactionary and he made no bones about his politics on certain issues. But even at a distance of some thirty years, his observations on such topics as committee meetings, slow play, ‘cabin trunk’ golf bags, and the cost of golf equipment remain as fresh and relevant today. He would also test out any new theories on the swing and act as a consultant in absentia on the administration of the game at all levels. His admiration, though, for the professional golfer was undiminished and he often reserved his best prose for describing some of the great matches and great players that he had witnessed.

There could be no better memorial to his stature in the game than the fact that his writing is still read eagerly ten years after his death. His talent was to take golf as a text and turn it into a philosophy for life. The pleasures of golf come in many forms but reading Henry Longhurst is an essential pleasure that can be heartily recommended to each successive generation of golfers.”

Foreword or introduction by Harry Carpenter. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages.