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The Yips

The Yips

“The Yips” describes a condition in which nervousness or tension causes an athlete to fail to perform effectively, especially in missing short putts in golf.

The Yips, is the story of Stuart Ransom - a down-on-his-luck professional golfer whose repugnantly charismatic personality establishes him as a potential rival to Martin Amis' John Self in the pantheon of male literary grotesques. Set in Luton, this comic novel also includes a woman priest with an unruly fringe, the troubled family of a notorious local fascist and a free-thinking Muslim sex therapist, as it delves into the murky recesses of the masculine psyche.

About the Author

Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker was born in 1966 in Cambridgeshire.

She was the winner of the David Higham Prize for Fiction and joint winner of the Macmillan Silver Pen Award for Love Your Enemies, her first collection of stories.

Her other works include Five Miles from Outer Hope, Behindlings, Clear: A Transparent Novel, and Heading Inland, which received the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize. Her novel Wide Open won the IMPAC Prize in 2000, while Clear was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004. Darkmans was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes in 2007, and won the Hawthornden.

In 1993 she was voted one of Granta’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ of the decade.

Nicola Barker lives and works in East London. 

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