Growing up as a teenager near Nottingham, Tom Cox was possessed by an evil spirit. Despite his hip parentage, nascent fashion sense and regular exposure to good music from an early age, he was inexorably drawn into the bizarre, ritualistic world that is golf, with its endless rules and strange trousers. And so, from 1988 to 1995, Tom became Midlands golf's answer to Iggy Pop. Assisted by his fellow junior members at Beeston Fields, he cut a swathe through the golfing establishment, putting dead animals in his fellow golfers shoes, setting fire to the club professionals shop, bringing Colin Montgomerie close to tears and repeatedly wearing the wrong coloured socks. But Tom also wanted to be the best, taking five years out of normal adolescent existence to live, breathe, walk and talk nothing but the sport he loved. The golf course was the place where he simultaneously felt most at home and most alienated. 'NICE JUMPER' tells how Tom tried to fit in, failed, got down to a handicap of two, tried to fit in again, got suspended from the club, got corrupted by rock and roll, then attempted to use it to corrupt golf itself. A book about lost innocence, derailed adolescence and abo
Tom Cox's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Jack magazine, The Times and the Guardian, for which paper he was Pop Critic between 1999 and 2000. He is the author of two books- Nice Jumper, which was shortlisted for the 2002 National Sporting Club Best Newcomer Award, and Educating Peter. He was born in 1975 and lives with his wife in Norfolk.