Bare-knuckle fighter, professional golfer
Gypsy Joe is not only a story of redemption, but an uplifting account of a young gypsy determined to realize his dream.
Joe Smith tells of his formative years travelling the country in a caravan and how he encountered crushing prejudice when his extraordinary talents as a golf boy prodigy became apparent.
Disillusioned, he recounts a downward spiral and a life of criminality before pulling back from the brink and making the most of his life.
The Observer selected the book as their Sports Book of the Year 2009 saying: 'One of the best golf books written this year; although the cheque books come out for the scandal, this true story of thwarted ambition, criminality, violence and redemption has substance. A courageous story shot through with intelligence and humanity.'
'What comes across in this book is family loyalty, raw courage and violence but there is also intelligence and humanity.'
Chris Blackhurst -- Evening Standard, 23 June 2009
- London Books, October 2012
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