The Amateurs

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Vintage, Jul 1, 2010 - Brain - 384 pages
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GARY is a sweet and decent man. Only two things would improve his life - having children with his gorgeous wife Pauline, and a lower golf handicap. Both are unlikely.

PAULINE is wondering how she ended up living in an ugly little house, driving a second-hand car and making a living dressing up as Tinkerbell. She's planning to leave Gary for a self-made carpet millionaire.

FINDLAY, the Carpet King of Scotland, wants to trade in his obese wife for a younger model. But if he goes for a divorce she'll take him to the cleaners. If only there was some way she could be made to disappear...

LEE, Gary's luckless brother, has botched one too many drug deals. Local crime overlord Ranta Campbell gives him one more job - one last chance to get it right. Lee's done some bad things - but murder?

When Gary gets smashed on the head by a golf ball and miraculously develops an absolutely perfect swing, everyone finds their fates rest on the final day of the Open Championship...

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User Review  - herschelian - LibraryThing

This lighthearted book has it all, golf, Tourette's Syndrome, family life, infidelity, friendship, sex and violence. Bloke-Lit as opposed to Chick-Lit You, could call it a 'Cinderella' story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

Absolutely hilarious! it is difficult to believe that such a source of relentless tedium as golf can produce so entertaining a novel. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

John Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. He is the author of the novella Music from Big Pink and the novels Kill Your Friends, The Amateurs, The Second Coming, Cold Hands and Straight White Male.

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