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About the Book: Friday's game of golf has become important to Bill as the highlight of what is fast becoming a rather drab existence and to Brendon as one of the few things with the power to get him away from an ever-increasing workload. To protect the unique character of their game, rules have been added to those established by the Royal and Ancient with sledging encouraged and side-bets strictly regulated. When by chance, the twosome becomes a foursome then the carefully maintained order of things starts to ...
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Fourplay

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About the Book: Friday's game of golf has become important to Bill as the highlight of what is fast becoming a rather drab existence and to Brendon as one of the few things with the power to get him away from an ever-increasing workload. To protect the unique character of their game, rules have been added to those established by the Royal and Ancient with sledging encouraged and side-bets strictly regulated. When by chance, the twosome becomes a foursome then the carefully maintained order of things starts to change and both B1 and B2 find themselves, perhaps unwillingly, involved in an affair that really doesn't concern them and through this, forced to re-examine their own previously ordered lives. If you are a golfer then you'll enjoy it but even if you can't tell a hook from a hooker, maybe the humour and developing relationships will make it a worthwhile read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909047105
  • Publisher: WritersReadersDirect
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Sold by: Bookwire
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 390
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Kirby: Born in London, Brian's education culminated with five years at Hornsey College of Art. Early years (this was the silly sixties) included an overland trip by London Taxi to the Far East and ultimately, Australia. With a US partner, he created a cartoon strip for the Sydney Sun Herald, the London Daily Sketch and ultimately the Chicago Tribune/New York News Syndicate. He has worked as a designer and Creative Director in London, Sydney, Barbados and Perth. The years in Barbados were spent establishing a London-based design company but in that period he also became a member of the Barbados Arts Council, designer with the Barbados Dance Theatre and initiated design classes at the University of the West Indies. As a painter, Brian has had seven one-man exhibitions and been included in group shows that include the Biennales of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Medellin (Columbia). In 1984 he became Senior Lecturer at the West Australian School of Art, Design and Media (Perth), working in graphics and film & television and in this latter role, began to write. A novel (Up The City!), a magazine column and a number of film treatments (all unsuccessful) led to The Personal Column, its follow-up, Classifieds and now Fourplay. He played first division football in Barbados and Australia and was technical advisor to the award-winning TV series Kicking Around. He lives and works in Western Australia with his wife of 49 years, his two children and three grandchildren.
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Chapter One: From: Brendon Waller To: William Hayes Date: Tuesday January 3, 2012, 8.12am Subject: The weekly contest My dear old Billy Boy, As the winner of last week's epic encounter (how could you forget that superb match-winning putt on the eighteenth), it is my God-given right to specify where the battle will recommence. This missive therefore is to notify you that your fast-fading presence will be expected on the first tee of the Wembley Old Course at 7.00 on Friday morning. Yours in breathless anticipation B2 p.s. please don't wear that dreadful faded grey club shirt with the (apparently) ever-present tomato stain. There's always the chance that we will bump into one of my clients and I would hate to have to disown you. The ball ran smoothly across the first three metres of green then as it lost its pace, started to take the slope and curled steadily down towards the hole. "Yes!" Brendon held the putter aloft, took off his cap with the other hand and raised both high in the air to complete the victory acknowledgement. The foursome fifty metres away looked up in surprise but the planned 360 degree victory turn had just started when it became clear that the ball had begun to struggle. It almost got there, seemed in fact to look over the lip and down into the hole before changing its mind and settling on the rim. Both arms still raised, he stood staring at it in disbelief then stepped quickly forward so that his shadow fell across the hole. Bill shook his head. "Are you thinking what I'm thinking, B2?" The response took a while to come. "I don't know; what are you thinking B1?" "I'm thinking that you're trying that old stunt of waiting for your shadow to cause the grass to droop so that rotten short putt of yours drops in the hole." "I might be." "In that case I suggest we send up to the club bar for a round of sandwiches because it could be a hell of a long wait." "I can assure you, William, it's a well-recorded phenomenon." "If you'll pardon the agricultural phrase, Brendon-bullshit. It's an old golfers' wives tale." "That expression is not only unbecoming from someone with whom people in the past have entrusted their children, it is politically incorrect. Old golfers' maybe but not old golfers' wives. If I wasn't such a good sport I'd be tempted to claim a penalty shot." He continued to stare at the ball, willing it to drop but when Bill turned on his heel and walked away, he reached down with a defeated sigh to pick it up. The putter was replaced in the bag and by the time he had threaded his way between the trees to the eighteenth tee, Bill was already in position and ready to go. "All square with one to play and my honour I believe." Once the ball was placed to his satisfaction he stepped back and stared past it, up the last fairway. The stare was not for information as they had been playing the course on and off for nearly ten years and, apart from the expected growth of the large gum trees that lined either side of the fairway, nothing had changed in that time. No, the stare was just part of the set-up procedure that any golfer will tell you is essential to calm the nerves and settle the mind-a procedure that was never to be changed in any way. He knew that something was coming and sure enough, as he started to move forward, Brendon cupped his hands in front of his mouth to get the desired echo effect...
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Table of Contents

Contents Cover | About | Title | Copyright | Disclaimer |Author's Note Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 About the Author | Contacts and Credits | Back Cover
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