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About the book
  • Published: 5 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409027980
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

Breaking 80

A witty and charming account of an amateur golfer's bid to reach golfing respectability

Forget the Ryder Cup, forget Rory McIlroy, forget keeping your head still and correcting your putting stance. Forget eagles and albatrosses and definitely forget holes-in-one. David Godwin has a dream, the same dream held by millions of amateur golfers. He's not aiming to break on to the pro circuit, he's not aiming to break par. David Godwin is going to break 80. Or it's going to break him.

Written with humour and charm, Breaking 80 is a book for those who recognise all too well the pleasure of a sweetly struck seven iron to within a few feet of the pin, followed by the agonizing fury of a three-putt back and forth across the cup.

  • Pub date: 5 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409027980
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the Author

David Godwin

After a long career in publishing, David Godwin is now one of the UK's leading literary agents. Breaking 80 is his first book

Praise for Breaking 80

“Amateurs with modest dreams will find David Godwin company enough as he recounts his journey to sporting success”


“Well-written and entertaining…will strike a chord with many who either still long to hit the same benchmark of respectability, or stage longed to do so”

Golf Monthly

“Opens a window on the world of amateur golfing to hugely enjoyable effect...engaging and hugely enjoyable... He's a likable and sympathetic guide to a world that can be confusing to anyone who can't differentiate between an eagle and a bogey”


“Cracking the magical 80 mark is no mean feat, but our author applies himself enthusiastically to the task at hand, gradually building reader empathy… Does he succeed? Ah, that would be telling, but Breaking 80 is worth reading to find out”

Birmingham Post

“For the good amateur golfer the ultimate aim is to break 80... It’s every intermediate golfer’s dream, and now there is a wonderfully crisp, charming and moving book for you...it is Godwin’s earnest and relentless, though always engaging, pursuit of his goal that people will appreciate, recognise and warm to... Read it and enjoy”


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