Tilting At Windmills: How I Tried To Stop Worrying And Love Sport

Miller, Andy

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Synopsis: "I hate sport. I've always hated it. I don't just mean one or two types of sport; I don't get any of them". If sport is the new religion, Andy Miller is an atheist. He is proud to say he was the last one to be picked for the school football team. The beautiful game, the roar of the crowd, winning, losing and even taking part - all these mean nothing to him. Well, almost nothing. He loves crazy golf. In this book Andy Miller sets out to discover what it is about sport that sends the British barmy. From the Open to the Boat Race, from football in the Nationwide to tennis at Wimbledon, from the World Wrestling Federation to Steve Redgrave's homecoming parade, he turns a quizzical eye on the participants, the spectators and the sponsors to try to understand our greatest national obsession. And to experience what others feel so passionately, Andy pursues his own dream of crazy-golf glory. It takes him from the windswept Skegness seafront to the giant adventure golf courses of Myrtle Beach, USA, and to the European Championships in Latvia, where he is the sole member of a struggling British team. "Tilting at Windmills" is the hilarious yet slightly unsettling story of the passions that are unleashed when a sports atheist tries to stop worrying and love sport - and almost succeeds.

Review: Tilting at Windmills is the comic odyssey of a meek geek who tries to become one with the sporting life. Journalist Andy Miller is a lifelong sport-phobic who finds himself in a Britain obsessed with the stuff--from the school playing field to the various "hallowed turfs", the seemingly pointless doings have everyone around him mesmerised--and Miller decides to find out why.

A stuttering but almost successful attempt to become a QPR fan, gives way to bold stabs at embracing the totems of British sport--The Open, The Boat Race, Wimbledon--with Miller bent on breaking the "code" that allows others to find passion, drama and fun, where he finds only bad catering, yobs and stupefying boredom.

The investigation is punctuated by the ongoing story of his own endeavours in top-flight international sporting competition, as Miller finds himself drawn to the painted windmills and baffling geometry of crazy golf, pursuing his new passion around the seaside towns of Britain and onwards to European Championships, in Latvia (where he is billed by no less an organ than the Baltic Times as "the Eddie the Eagle of miniature golf").

Miller is the witty, acutely self-conscious traveller at the heart of his own story, but nevertheless pursues serious lines of enquiry into the self-deception and surrender to tribalism that characterise the sports fan, and what underpins his own long-standing resistance to "joining in". No major revelations here, but this is a light, entertaining read that could have even the most unsporty types thinking about grabbing a putter. --Alex Hankin

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