The Duffer’s Literary Companion

The Duffer’s Literary Companion

A podcast exploring the rich literary tradition of the game of golf, hosted by authors Stephen Proctor and Jim Hartsell.

Episodes

February 21, 2024 7 mins

A mini episode for Stephen, with a reading from Sam McKinlay's wonderful Scottish Golf and Golfers. Sam was the golf writer for the Glasgow Herald from 1956-1980.

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Stephen and Jim discuss the 1995 book, My Usual Game.  They are joined by the author, David Owen. David has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991.

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Stephen and Jim discuss the classic 1950 memoir, Thirty Years of Championship Golf by Gene Sarazen with Herbert Warren Wind

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November 30, 2023 78 mins

Stephen and Jim discuss the prolific Scottish author Angus MacVicar, specifically his 1984 book Golf in My Gallowses.

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November 2, 2023 111 mins

Stephen and Jim discuss the seminal 2001 book, A Season in Dornoch -  written by the great Canadian golf writer Lorne Rubenstein.  Lorne joins for part of the discussion. A celebration of all that is great about Scottish golf.

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October 5, 2023 107 mins

Stephen and Jim discuss the classic 1992 book To The Linksland by Michael Bamberger -  featuring characters like the great Scottish pro John Stark of Crieff and Peter Teravainen. Michael joins the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on Scotland, golf writing and his legendary career.

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August 31, 2023 74 mins

Stephen & Jim discuss the great collection of golf writing from 1996 by John Updike.

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Stephen and Jim discuss the seminal 1994 book Hell's Golfer by Tom Morton. They are joined by the author from his home in the Shetland islands of Scotland. 

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July 7, 2023 90 mins

Stephen and Jim discuss the origins of American golf writing, with a focus on three towering figures: Dan Jenkins, Charles Price and Herbert Warren Wind

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June 2, 2023 75 mins

Stephen and Jim discuss the UK writers who are the main spiritual descendants of Bernard Darwin: Pat Ward-Thomas, Henry Longhurst, S.L. McKinlay and Peter Dobereiner

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May 4, 2023 72 mins

Stephen and Jim explore the origins of golf writing, with a focus on the works of Horace Hutchinson and Bernard Darwin.

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