Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast (Paperback)
A blend of evocative memoir, lyrical travelogue, and passionate golf pilgrimage, Playing Through chronicles the year Curtis Gillespie spent with his family in quaint Gullane, Scotland. A seaside town crammed with championship golf courses, Gullane charmed Gillespie so much as a college student that he vowed to return one day with his father. That journey never came to pass, so thirteen years later Gillespie uprooted his wife and daughters and moved to the small Scottish village, hoping to learn something about himself and the delightfully gruff natives with their peculiarly addicting sport. Against the backdrop of a uniquely beautiful landscape, Playing Through deftly explores the bonds of fatherhood, friendship, and the irresistible lure of links golf, and in the process offers up a story rich in comedy, warmth, and insight.
About the Author
Curtis Gillespie has written for publications in Canada, the United States, and Britain. His writing on politics, sports, science, and the arts has earned him three National Magazine Awards in Canada. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Praise for Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast…
“A lovely homage to fathers and sons, to life and death, and to the mysterious bond that exists among lovers of this most maddening of games.” —Chicago Tribune
“A fine book. Gillespie looks shrewdly and charmingly through the prism of golf at the pain and glories of fatherhood.” —Los Angeles Times
“This book offers an interesting and unique mix of golf and autobiography amid the game’s hallowed settings in Scotland. . . . The descriptions tickled fond memories for me.” —Arnold Palmer
“A moving personal story and a treat for armchair golfers and travelers.” —Booklist