Captain’s Day by Terry Ravenscroft

 

Captain's Day by Terry Ravenscroft

Captain’s Day by Terry Ravenscroft

Captain’s Day: A tale of Birdies, Bad Language & Bed

by Terry Ravenscroft

Captain’s Day is based upon a single day – the Captain’s Day at the golf course –  and has a cast of characters that many people will be familair with, even non-golfers. There is a multi-layered build up to a truly hilarious farcical end which is proper British humour as was evident before the trendy PC brigade got hold of it. It’s back with a bang! A bit naughty in parts but all the better for it. 

 

4.0 out of 5 stars tee off with some terrific characters January 24, 2012
I won’t precis any of what is in this yarn, as a previous reviewer has done that more than adequately. Suffice to say this is a darned good read, and will have you chuckling to yourself with each page turn. I don’t play golf, but you would have to exist in a time warped bubble not to know anything at all about the game, which has had its fame quota increased by the off course exploits of a certain Tiger Woods.For the most part, my imagination was well and truly fired. Each tee-ing off presented us with 3 very different and unique characters, yet by the time you read to the end you see how they all played their own small part in totally trashing the day of the Captain. And you know something?? You were cheering them on along the way 🙂 For sure the characters were somewhat stereotyped, but that added to the fun. Golfing world is known for its links with snobbery and tradition, and the author really did a great job in thumbing his nose at the whole thing.

Do I have any complaints? I do, but it is very minor and nit picky, but in the search for being balanced in my review will mention it. The more I read, the more I could see it as a terrific British made comedy film. Heck, I was even casting it (Simon Pegg would lap this up) – and then I got to the last few pages. In the space of a few short pages, a lot of the characters are killed off, albeit in very imaginary ways. This winding up of the story may not work as well on film, so I did feel as though I was being bought back to ground level with a little bit of a bump. It just seemed a little too rushed and the ending was skimmed over in comparision to the main body of the book.

Having said that it is only a minor personal complaint. It really is a TERRIFIC read and highly recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Golf and laughs February 7, 2013
By Spud
Review of Captain’s day by Terry Ravenscroft
3 stars
Think of Captains Day as a cross between Blott on the Landscape and The Good life all based on a golf course.
The laughs come thick and fast and I did truly laugh at the lively and colorful characters. The reason it’s not got more stars is that I found the laughter rather too slapstick and set up.
If you liked the Good Life and many did, then you’ll like this.
Jeremy Poole
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine weather for the Apocalypse March 15, 2010
Format:Paperback
If golf is, as Mark Twain said, “a good walk spoiled,” then Captain’s Day is “the Apocalypse on well-manicured turf.” Only the sharply twisted wit of award-winning BBC comedy writer Terry Ravenscroft could come up with so many outrageous, hilarious, mind’s-eye-bending, and just plain bizarre happenings, all in the course of one day, on the course of one golf club. Cops, copses, and copulation; grounds-sweeping helicopters and wayward fire engines; golfers playing the lie from deep within a ten-foot-high manure pile; and a rather compromising tableau featuring the Lady Captain and some chums . . . these are just a few of the indelible images Mr. Captain will be forever struggling to del.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of humourous June 10, 2012
By ELLJAY
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being a sort of Golfer, looked forward to reading, however, on completion,
was a little disapointed with the ending……. not really funny.
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