American caddy comes to St Boswells

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He’s on the New York Bestseller list and been shortlisted in the Outstanding General Sports Writing Category of the British Sports Book Awards 2014 – and next month Oliver Horovitz will make an author visit to Main Street Trading Company bookshop in St Boswells.

His first book, An American Caddie in St Andrews, is as much a coming-of-age story as a golfing one. The humour comes from his status as an outsider to the culture he finds among the elderly caddies on the Old Course.

And since everyone from professionals to celebrities want to play there, he’s got plenty of stories.

After finishing high school in New York, Horovitz was accepted to Harvard University.

But he couldn’t start until the following year, so, with time on his hands and a long-standing love of golf, he enrolled in the caddie trainee programme.

Horovitz has now been caddying in St Andrews for nine years.

During that time he has caddied for golfers such as Simon Dyson, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Alvaro Quiros, as well as celebrities Michael Douglas, Larry David, Andy Garcia, Tico Torres (the drummer for Bon Jovi), Ian Botham, Steve Waugh, and footballer Johan Cruyff.

He has published feature articles about his rounds in Sports Illustrated, Golf World, Golf Week and Golf Digest.

Horovitz now divides his time between New York City and St Andrews, where he is currently based.

An evening with Oliver Horovitz, An American Caddie in St Andrews, takes place at Main Street Trading on August 7 at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).

Tickets are priced £8 (includes a glass of wine). To book, email info@mainstreetbooks.co.uk or call 01835 824087.

A book signing will follow the talk.