Golf in the Kingdom
The bestselling classic novel about an American traveler’s spiritual journey into the world of golf When Michael Murphy first meets golf pro Shivas Irons on one of the most beautiful courses in Scotland, he doesn’t know that his life—and his golf game—will change forever. But with the first swing of the Scotsman’s club Murphy realizes he is in for a most extraordinary day. By turns comic, philosophical, mythic, and autobiographical, this tale traces the arc of twenty-four hours—from a round of golf on the Links of Burningbrush to a night fueled by whiskey, wisdom, and wandering. This story delves into the transformative power of golf and reveals a unique and unforgettable approach to the game.
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- Open Road Integrated Media
“Murphy’s book is going to alter many visions. He’s written a mystical tale capable of winning a constituency. I totally believed it and loved it.” —Nancy Weber, The New York Times Book Review “Golf in the Kingdom is a fascination . . . [Murphy has] put a lot of fine thoughts together here, most gracefully, and the book should have a long and prosperous life.”—Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces “Golf a mere game? A mirror of life? Something metaphysical and/or mystical? All of the above? Shivas Irons, a magical Scottish golf professional, puts those questions to all of us. Superb.” —C. Grant Spaeth, former President, United States Golf Association
About the author
Bestselling author Michael Murphy has been called the father of the human potential movement, one of the most influential movements in twentieth-century American culture. His bestselling book Golf in the Kingdom (1972) inspired the creation of the Shivas Irons Society, a nonprofit group dedicated to finding beauty and discovery through the game of golf, and has recently been adapted into a movie starring Malcolm McDowell (2010). His other books include Jacob Atabet (1977), An End to Ordinary History (1982), In the Zone (1995), and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons (1997). He lives in California.