Friday, September 30, 2011

The Trouble with Golf

A humorous look at the game of golf through verse, cartoons and observations from one of New Zealand’s best-loved cartoonists this book had me laughing out loud, and I'm not a golfer!
 Widely known as both a landscape painter and a political cartoonist, and not at all as a golfer, Garrick Tremain succumbed to the intrigue of golf many years ago and perseveres with its challenges despite reason and advice. He finds it astonishing that it engenders such strong emotions in some people: watching him in action, grown men have been known to weep. This book is his tribute in verse, cartoons and quotes to the game and those who persist in playing it! And it is a must for every golfer. Brilliant.

His earlier book of verse, Nursery Rhymes your mother never read you (2005) was the first New Zealand poetry book to have been awarded both a New Zealand bestseller Gold medal and a New Zealand Bestseller Platinum medal (16,000 copies sold).

Filled with hilarious and entertaining cartoons and poems, The Trouble with Golf is the perfect gift for the avid golfer or for anyone with a love of humour.For example here is page 30 which the publishers have kindly agreed to let me reproduce on the blog.
The text above reads:
I knew when he rattled the pin,
he'd chipped from the trees and gone in.
Such a dead lucky break was a bit hard to take,
like his bloody self-satisfied grin.

About the author/illustrator:
Garrick Tremain is highly regarded both as a painter and as one of New Zealand’s funniest and most perceptive political cartoonist.  Since 1972 he has been a full time professional painter and in 1988 decided to add the string of political cartooning to his bow.
His political cartoons are now published three times a week in the Otago Daily Times. He lives in New Zealand’s Wakatipu Basin, where he shares life with his wife, Jill, and their two cats.

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