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Andrew Greig is a poet and novelist. He has published six volumes of poetry (Bloodaxe) and four novels, the most recent of which, That Summer, brought him to a wide readership. He was born in Bannockburn in Scotland and educated at the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Orkney and Sheffield (with his wife the writer Leslie Glaister). Among other things, he is known as the unofficial poet laureate of the mountaineering community and a love of the land characterises much of his work.
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2006. Lyrically written prose is the hallmark of Andrew Greig’s writing and this one is no exception. Mixing his passions of Scotland and golf he provides a vivid and convincing portrait of why Scotland and golf are as one. Golfers and non-golfers alike will love this book.
I have a lot of time for this author. You really should seek out That Summer, a lovely World War II tale. This is dual time. Penang in the 1930s and the Orkneys today where our protagonist goes home to recover from brain surgery and joins a project working on wave power. His brush with death stimulates him to discover more about his father and some ‘disgrace’ in the 30s, hence Penang. So we follow the two in a convincing, poignant novel of love, life and understanding. Highly recommended.