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  • Published: 1 October 1997
  • ISBN: 9780140195491
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $29.99

Golf in the Kingdom



"...for golf’s soul surfers, Golf in the Kingdom is holy scripture." -- Golf

A spiritual journey, a lush travelogue, a parable of sports and philosophy—John Updike called this unique novel “a golf classic if any exists in our day.”

Since its first publication, Golf in the Kingdom has been recognized as a classic work on the deeper mysteries of golf—a gospel of those who suspect, or know, that golf is more than a mere pastime.A young man en route to India stops in Scotland to play at the legendary Burningbush golf club and in twenty-four hours, his life is transformed. Paired with a mysterious teacher named Shivas Irons, he is led through a round of phenomenal golf, swept into a world where extraordinary powers are unleashed in a a backswing governed by true gravity. A night of adventure and revelation follow, and lead to a glimpse of Seamus MacDuff, the holy man who haunts a ravine off Burningbush's thirteenth fairway—one they call Lucifer's Rug.Murphy's account reveals the possibilities for transcendence that resides in the human soul, and through mystic-philosopher Shivas Irons, the reader, like Murphy, becomes drawn into new worlds by this ancient and haunting game.

  • Published: 1 October 1997
  • ISBN: 9780140195491
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy co-founded the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California. In 1980 he helped create the Esalen Institute's Soviet-American Exchange programme which promoted and foreshadowed greater communication between Soviet and American writers, social activists and political leaders. Murphy is the author of such books as Golf in the Kingdom, The Future of the Body and The Life We Are Given (with George Leonard). He lives in Sausalito, California.

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