Having been sports mad all my life, and with my football career over and my cricket pads well strung up, I decided, having retired from work, it was now time to take up golf as my main hobby.

Some of my friends, who were experienced golfers, proffered their words of wisdom – get yourself some lessons off a Pro, and buy some instruction books, videos, DVDs, learn about the game, they said.

I decided to implement their advice a week later. I was on holiday for a few days in a small seaside town in Lancashire, when I happened upon a second-hand bookshop, advertising “all books for £1”. By the end of my three day break, I was the proud owner of 17 golf books and just £17 lighter. If it had been a week’s holiday, I would have had a whole library.    

Addiction to finding books was only another charity shop away. Finding a second-hand bookshop now is as rare as seeing Tiger smile. It was an exhilarating feeling discovering a hidden gem, especially an old one with such names for clubs as Brassie, Baffy, Mashie Niblick, Spoon, Cleek, and a Flange.

Over the years, Jack told me to play his way, Gary shared his secrets, Hogan said I only needed five lessons, and when Trevino said swing my way, I don’t think he meant to slice his way.  

I learnt about Bob Jones and his Grand Slam; I nicked stuff off Faldo; cottoned on to Henry and got poetic motion from Lord Byron Nelson. Dr.Bob convinced me it was all in the mind. ‘Guess what’, I told my mates. They said just hit another feckin provisional, the four ladies behind are waiting to play through.

I read the history of the game gaining enough knowledge to go on Mastermind. I did make some mistakes, though. “The Eagle has landed” was misleading, and “The Birdie man of Alcatraz” was a huge disappointment. I gave them back to Charity shop, with a written complaint.

After seven years, I am still a duffer, so I have decided to sell my books and follow the other advice given seven years ago: get some lessons off a Pro.

Anybody interested in buying my collection of 118 books, DVDs and videos, please contact johnnyfowler@fsmail.net.

The collection (listed alphabetically):

– P/B = Paperback; H/B = Hardback, D/C = Dustcover.

– Books noted as first editions are as far as I can tell from copyright page

– Cannot vouch for the authenticity of any author’s autographs.

– All books in clean condition as would be reflected by age

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ALLISS PETER— ” YET MORE BEDSIDE GOLF”  

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1ST EDITION  1985 H/B

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ALLISS PETER— “GOLF – A WAY OF LIFE” REPRINT

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1989  H/B

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ALLISS PETER— “MY LIFE” 

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P/B 2005

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ARMOUR TOMMY— ” A ROUND OF GOLF” 

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H/B 1960 D/C.

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ARMOUR TOMMY— ” HOW TO PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF ALL THE TIME” 

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1985 P/B
BADDIEL SARAH— “GOLF – THE GOLDEN YEARS” 

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H/B 1969
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BERG PATTY– ” GOLF FOR WOMEN”
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2ND EDITION 1952 H/B
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BLANCHARD KEN– “THE ONE MINUTE GOLFER”
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2005 P/B
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BOTTOME GEORGE MCDONALD — ” GOLF FOR THE MIDDLE-AGED AND OTHERS”

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1ST EDITION 1947  H/B
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BRADBEER AND IAN MORRISON—“PLAY BETTER GOLF”
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2007   P/B.
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BREWER GAY— “SCORE BETTER THAN YOU SWING”
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H/B. 1968 1ST ED.  D/C
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CANNON DAVID— ” SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS”
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1986  1ST ED. H/B  D/C.
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CLARKE DARREN—- ” HEROES ALL”
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H/B  2006
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CONCANNON DALE—” FROM TEE TO GREEN”
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1996  1ST ED. H/B.
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CORBETT RONNIE— “ARMCHAIR GOLF”
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1986  1ST ED. P/B.
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COTTON HENRY—– “THIS GAME OF GOLF”
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REPRINT 1949  H/B
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COTTON HENRY —” GOLF -A PICTORIAL HISTORY”
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1ST EDITION  1975  H/B D/C.
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COUSINS GEOFFREY AND TOM SCOTT— “A CENTURY OF OPENS”
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1971 H/B.
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COUSINS GEOFFREY— ” GOLF IN BRITAIN”
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H/B 1975.  1ST ED . D/C.
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COX TOM —- “BRING ME THE HEAD OF SERGIO GARCIA”
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P/B 2007

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COYNE JOHN— “THE CADDIE WHO KNEW BEN HOGAN”
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2006  P/B
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CREIG ANDREW —” PREFERRED LIES”
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2007 REPRINT P/B
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DABELL NORMAN– ” HOW WE WON THE RYDER CUP”
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1997  P/B.
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DALY JOHN– “GOLF IN MY OWN DAMN WAY”
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2007 H/B
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DAVIS WILLIAM—” THE PUNCH BOOK OF GOLF”
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H/B 1973 D/C.
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DOBEREINER PETER— “THE GAME WITH THE HOLE IN IT”

REPRINT 1970  H/B D/C
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DOBEREINER PETER —“THE GOLFERS; THE INSIDE STORY”
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1982 1ST ED. H/B  D/C
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DOBEREINER PETER — “THE GLORIOUS WORLD OF GOLF”
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1973  1ST ED. H/B  D/C.
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DODSON JAMES— ” THE DEWSWEEPERS”
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2001  1ST ED. P/B.
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DODSON JAMES — “FINAL ROUNDS”
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H/B  1ST ED. 1997  D/C.
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DURAN RUDY—” IN EVERY KID THERE LURKS A TIGER”
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2002 P/B

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EDMUND NICK—“THE EUROPEAN MASTERS”
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1990 1ST ED. H/B
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EXLEY HELEN –“A ROUND OF GOLF JOKES”
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1992 H/B.
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FALDO NICK–” LIFE SWINGS”
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2004/05  P/B
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FEINSTEIN JOHN— ” A GOOD WALK SPOILED”
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1995 1ST ED. H/B  D/C.
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FORSYTH BRUCE—“IT IS ONLY A GAME”
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1989   H/B
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GALLWAY W.TIMOTHY–” THE INNER GAME OF GOLF”
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1981 1ST ED. H/B
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GILLER NORMAN— “THE BOOK OF GOLF LISTS”
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H/B. 1988
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GLOVER TOM AND HICKS PETER—“FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN”
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1999 P/B.

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GREEN MICHAEL— “THE ART OF COURSE GOLF”
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1967 1ST EDITION  H/B D/C
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GREGSTON GENE– “HOGAN”
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H/B  1978  D/C.
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HAINING PETER—“HOLE IN FUN”
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1988  1ST ED. H/B  D/C
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HARTLEY J.R.—“GOLFING”
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1995. 1ST ED. H/B.
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HASKIN MIKE AND CLIVE WHICHELOW—“FOR THE WORLD`S BEST GOLFER”
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2010 H/B
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HAY ALEX —” RIPENING HAY”
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1989 1ST ED. P/B  D/C —- SIGNED BY AUTHOR
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HOGAN BEN— “THE MODERN FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF”
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1975 H/B D/C.
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HOGAN BEN—“FIVE LESSONS”
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1985 REPRINT    H/B    D/C
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HOPE BOB– “CONFESSIONS OF A HOOKER”
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1985 H/B 1ST ED. D/C.
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HOUGHTON GEORGE — “PORTRAIT OF A GOLF ADDICT”
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1960 1ST ED. H/B D/C.
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HOUGHTON GEORGE–“GOLF ADDICTS ON PARADE”
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2003 H/B
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IRELAND JOHN AND PLUMRIDGE CHRIS–” GOLF CHARACTERS”
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1989. H/B.
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JACKLIN TONY WITH PETER DOBEREINER— “JACKLIN`S GOLF
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SECRETS”

2003 1ST ED . H/B D/C.
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JACKLIN TONY–“THE CHAMPIONS OWN STORY”
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1970 H/B D/C  1ST ED.   SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
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JACOBS JOHN— “PLAY BETTER GOLF”
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 1969 REPRINT  P/B
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JAMES MARK —-“INTO THE BEARPIT”
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REPRINT. 2000 H/B D/C
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JEFFEYS SUSAN—“THE PUNCH BOOK OF GOLF”
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1986 1ST ED, H/B  D/C
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JESSOP J,C,—– “TEACH YOURSELF GOLF”
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1955 H/B
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JOLY DOM– “LETTERS TO MY GOLF CLUB”
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2007 H/B
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JONES BOBBY—” GOLF IS MY GAME”
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1962.  H/B  D/C
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KONNING CHRISTINA — “GREEN, ROUGH, BUNKER”
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2000   1ST ED. H/B.
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KUZMIC  BORIS—“FIT FOR GOLF”
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H/B 2004

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LANGER BERNHARD–“MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY”
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2003 REPRINT P/B      AUTOGRAPH OF AUTHOR INSIDE.
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LEADBETTER DAVID=== “THE GOLF SWING”
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1996 H/B D/C
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LEWIS CATHERINE M—” BOBBY JONES AND THE QUEST FOR THE GRAND SLAM”
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2006 H/B
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LEWIS BEVERLEY— “PLAY BETTER GOLF”
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1989 H/B
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LOVE DAVIS 111—“EVERY SHOT I TAKE”
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1997 1ST ED, H/B  D/C
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MACKENZIE RICHARD—“A WEE NIP AT THE 19TH HOLE”
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H/B 1997
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MACRURY DOWNS—“GOLFERS ON GOLF”
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H/B  1997  D/C.
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MARSHALL KEITH B. —“THIS IS FOR A HALF”
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1988 1ST ED. H/B  /DC
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MARSHALL ROBERT— “THE HAUNTED MAJOR”
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1959 1ST ED.   H/B.
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MCCORMACK MARK— “THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL GOLF”
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1976  H/B 1ST ED.
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MCCULLOUGH J.—“GOLF IN THE YEAR 2000”
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1998  1ST ED. H/B D/C
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MCEVOY PETER—“FOR THE LOVE OR MONEY”
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2006 H/B.
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MONTGOMERIE COLIN— “THE REAL MONTY”
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2002 1ST ED. H/B D/C
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MORRISON ALEX J.—” A NEW WAY TO BETTER GOLF”
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H/B 1932  1ST ED.
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MURRAY H.A. DR, — ” MORE GOLF SECRETS”
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1954 H/B.
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NELSON BYRON—– “WINNING GOLF”
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1949   REPRINT  H/B  D/C.
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NICKLAUS JACK— “TOTAL GOLF TECHNIQUES”
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H/B  REPRINT  1987
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NICKLAUS JACK— “GOLF MY WAY”
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1974  1ST ED  H/B.
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NICKLAUS JACK–” ON AND OFF THE FAIRWAY”
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1978. P/B
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NICKLAUS JACK—- “MY LIFE IN GOLF”
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H/B 1996 1ST ED.
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O`CONNOR TOM– “FROM THE WOOD TO THE TEES”
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1992 1ST ED. H/B.
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PAKENHAM KEVIN– “THE GATHERING BUNKER”
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1996  H/B 1ST ED.
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PECK M.SCOTT— “GOLF AND THE SPIRIT”
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1999 P/B.
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PENNICK HARVEY—“LITTLE RED GOLF BOOK”
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2001 H/B  D/C.
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PEPER GEORGE–“ST.ANDREWS SOJORN”
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2006 P/B —-SIGNED BY AUTHOR

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PINNER JOHN — “THE HISTORY OF GOLF”
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1988 1ST ED. H/B  D/C
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PINNINGTON JOE— “MIGHTY WINDS –MIGHTY CHAMPIONS”
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WITH PHOTOS BY GUY WOODLAND– PRESENTATION SET WITH A REPRINT OF “HISTORY OF ROYAL LIVERPOOL” BY GUY FARRAR FROM 1932.
 
1ST ED. 2006 IN SLIEVE H/B. THIS IS NEW CONDITION.
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PLAYER GARY ———- “GOLF SECRETS”
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1964    1ST ED. H/B D/C.
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PLUMRIDGE CHRIS—” THE CHALLENGE OF GOLF”
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1988 1ST ED. P/B
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POTTER STEPHEN— ” THE COMPLETE GOLF GAMESMANSHIP”
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H/B 1ST ED. 1968 D/C.
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REES DAI—- “DAI REES AUTOBIOGRAPHY”
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1968  1ST ED.  H/B.
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REES DAI— ” DAI REES ON GOLF”
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H/B 1959 1ST ED.
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ROTELLA BOB DR. – “THE GOLF OF YOUR DREAMS”
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2005 P/B
                                 “GOLF IS NOT A GAME OF PERFECT”
2004 P/B
                                 “PUTTING OUT OF YOUR MIND”
2005 P/B
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RUTTER HADYN—“THE GOLF RULES DICTIONARY”
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2000. H/B.
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SAMPSON CURT—“CHASING TIGER”
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2004 REPRINT P/B.
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SCOTT TOM — ” GOLF WITH THE EXPERTS”
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1959. H/B
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SHIPNUCK ALAN—“BUD, SWEAT AND TEES”
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2001 H/B D.C

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ST. ANDREWS—-“GOLF RULES ILLUSTRATED”
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5TH EDITION. 1985
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ST.JOHN LAUREN—-“SEVE”
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1993 1ST ED. H/B D/C.
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STOBBS JOHN— “AN ABC OF GOLF”
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1964  1ST ED H/B D/C
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STREGE JOHN–“A BIOGRAPHY OF TIGER WOODS”
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1997 P/B.
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SUGGS LOUISE— “PAR GOLF FOR WOMEN”
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1954. H/B D/C
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SUMMERS ROBERT– “THE U.S. OPEN”
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H/B  1996 D/C.
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TAPPIN NEIL— ” THE LITTLE BOOK OF GOLF LEGENDS”
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2006. H/B.
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THOMAS FRED—- ” TIL GOLF DO US PART”
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1997 P/B
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TORRANCE SAM–   “SAM”
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2003 1ST ED. H/B.
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TREVILLION PAUL—“MISSING IMPOSSIBLE”
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H/B 1996  D/C.
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TREVINO LEE— “SWING MY WAY”
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1984 REPRINT  P/B.
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UPDIKE JOHN— “GOLF DREAMS”
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1996 1ST ED. H/B D/C
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VIGELAND CARL— ” STALKING THE SHARK”
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1996 1ST ED. H/B
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WARD ANDREW–” GOLF`S STRANGEST ROUNDS”
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1988 P/B.
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WARD PETER– “CAME DOWN TO GOLF”
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H/B 1984.
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WILLIAMS MICHAEL— “HISTORY OF GOLF”
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1986 H/B
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WRIGHT NICK— “LOWER YOUR GOLF HANDICAP”
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 NOT DATED   H/B  D/C.
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YOUNGBLOOD JOHN— “THE SENIOR`S GOLF SCHOOL”
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2003 1ST ED. P/B.-

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ZIEBM HOWARD— “GOLF IN THE COMIC STRIPS”
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H/B 1997
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