Author(s): Curtis Gillespie
A beautifully written and evocative memoir about family, fatherhood and four-irons. 'There is no quainter or more romantic spot than Gullane,' wrote the Reverend John Kerr is his titanic 1896 work The Golf Book Of East Lothian. A small town of a few thousand people a dozen miles east of Edinburgh, Gullane was a place of such unmatched physical beauty and peace -- not to mention the home of both Gullane Golf Club and Muirfield -- that Curtis Gillespie vowed to return after spending time there as a student. His memoir of the year he spent in Gullane with his family, Playing Through provides the reader with the rarest of experiences: a story rich with comedy, emotional truths and stunning evocations of a unique landscape. Written with warmth and elegance, Playing Through transcends the boundaries of writing on travel and sport to show us the world contained in a village, a place filled to overflowing with life, character, memory and laughter. This is the story of one family's journey, but it is also a story about the things we all share.
Curtis Gillespie's non-fiction has appeared in publications in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, and has earned him three National Magazine Awards. He is the author of two previous books, The Progress Of An Object In Motion and Someone Like That, and lives in Edmonton with his wife and two daughters.