A failing golf pro, the repugnantly charismatic Stuart Ransom, takes the lead role in Nicola Barker’s hilarious, free-swinging comedy.

Storm clouds are gathering above the bar in a less-than-exclusive Luton hotel. Those caught up in the unfolding drama include a man who has survived cancer seven times, a female priest with an unruly fringe, the troubled family of a notorious local fascist, a free-thinking Muslim sex therapist - and his considerably more pious wife. But at the heart of every intrigue and the bottom of every mystery is a golf star in freefall. You wouldn’t wish the yips on anyone. Except, perhaps, Stuart Ransom.
The Man Booker Prize 2012
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4th Estate
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Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker

About the Author

Nicola Barker was named as one of the 20 Best Young British Novelists by Granta in 2005. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages.
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