Droitwich, Worcs., United Kingdom: Grant, 1997. 195p. half leather, slipcase 6/150 ltd. ed. Excellent tribute to this famous Society, many notable names homed ther golfing skills in these meeting. Essays by Bernard Darwin, Henry Longhurst, Herbert warren Wind, Pat Ward-Thomas, Laddie Lucas, Peter Bathurst, John Behrend to name but a....
Henry Longhurst (Journalist/Author)
1909 - 1978Henry Carpenter Longhurst (18 March 1909 – 21 July 1978) was a British golf writer and commentator. For 45 years, he was golfing correspondent of the Sunday Times. During World War II, Longhurst was also a member of parliament (MP) for Acton in west London, England. Longhurst was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame and will be inducted in September 2017.
Longhurst was born in Bedford, the son of Harry Longhurst who established the firm of Longhurst & Skinner, a house-furnishing business at Bedford. He was educated at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne, close to the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, where he records "gazing at them – the caddies, not the golfers – with deepest envy as I peered surreptitiously up from the Greek unseen." He was "hooked for life" during a family holiday in 1920 at Yelverton in Devon, where he started playing golf on a home-made three-hole course on a common. Here Longhurst was encouraged by the local professional. He was subsequently educated at Bedford School before winning a scholarship to Charterhouse School and in 1928 went to Clare College, Cambridge, where he later became Captain of the Cambridge University Golf Club.
After starting work in the family business, he found a post selling advertising space for the Hardware Trade Journal. He had been attracted by the politics of the proprietor, Sir Ernest Benn, and had become a member of the Individualist Society, which Benn founded. Longhurst started writing for a monthly golf magazine called Tee Topics and came to the attention of the editor of the Sunday Times who invited him to contribute to the sporting page. Thus, he became the golf correspondent of the Sunday Times, and retained that position for 40 years. He was also a regular contributor to Golf Illustrated.
In 1943, Longhurst was elected at a by-election as Conservative MP for Acton in West London, but lost the seat at the 1945 general election. During the 1931 general election, Longhurst had spoken at a campaign meeting supporting Bedford's Conservative candidate, which he described as "a heady introduction to politics, and once you have been bitten by the bug it is almost impossible, as in golf, to throw it off".
From the late 1950s to the end of his life, he was BBC Television's senior golf commentator. Longhurst featured on US Golf telecasts working for both CBS and ABC. CBS golf producer Frank Chirkinian hired Longhurst to work selected broadcasts starting with the Carling Tournament in 1965. He is best remembered by American audiences for his calls at the 16th hole of the Masters Tournament including Jack Nicklaus' 40-foot birdie putt that led to victory in 1975. Longhurst's call of the putt ("My my.... in all my life I have never seen a putt quite like that.") is a regular feature in Masters broadcasts. He had many lifelong friends including the cricket writer and commentator E.W. Swanton, and Alistair Cooke. Cooke referred to his writing as "the prose style, which was as effortless as falling out of bed."
In 1953, Longhurst acquired the Clayton Windmills (Jack and Jill) near Brighton in Sussex. He lived for a number of years at "Jack", first in the mill itself and then in a modern house next to it built for him in 1963 by the architect Peter Farley who also designed Brighton Marina. "Jill" was derelict but with a grant from East Sussex County Council it was restored and opened for visitors.
In his memoirs, My Life and Soft Times, (1971), he defended St Cyprians, the school he had arrived at in 1915, from critics like Gavin Maxwell, and George Orwell who had attacked it in his polemic Such, Such Were the Joys. Notwithstanding, Longhurst's mention of being made to eat up a bowl of porridge into which he had been sick has been described as 'an own goal'.
He died in Cuckfield, Sussex, in 1978, aged 69.
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931. 308p. cloth. Signed by Jones and Keeler and dedicated in 1941 Inscribed by Bobby Jones on front free endpaper: "Best Wishes for Theodore P. Le Vino"; Copy also signed by author and sports journalist O. B. Keeler, who closely followed Jones' career and watched...
England: Duckworth, 1937. paper spine missing, some foxing. Contents good and clean. D&J C17470.
England: Duckworth, 1937. 105p. illustrated boards. paper spine usually missing and very fragile, this copy being an exception, spine is complete and has full text, a very rare find in this condition. Contents good and clean. D&J C17470.
London: The Citadel Press, 1947. 126p illus. bds. intro. Bernard Darwin. D&J G35380.
London: The Citadel Press, 1935. 120p illus. boards. Intro. Bernard Darwin. D&J G35350.
Ireland: Irish Tourist Board, 1953. 18p. illus. wrapps. Hard to find golfing brochure. Donovan lists the booklet as having 12pages. This is possibly a revised edition. D&J L15760.
London: Werner Laurie, 1952. 203p cloth intro. P.B. Lucas. D&J L15790.
England: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1947. 335p cloth 3rd ed. rev. Longhurst first book on his own.
England: Sportsman's Book Club, 1951. 280p, cloth. D&J L15970.
England: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1943. 335p cloth 2nd ed. 2nd reprint. Longhurst first book. the 1943 printing is quiet scarce to to the paper shortage of WWII.
England: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1943. 342p illus. wrapps. Services edition, not for public sale, hard to find edition, being one of very few war time publications.
England: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1945. 192p cloth, 2nd revised ed. being one of very few war time publications. D&J L16090.
London: Cassel & Company Ltd., 1971. 366p cloth.
London: Cassel & Company Ltd., 1971. 366p cloth 1st Edition. First edition. Autobiography. presentation copy 1971 signed by Longhurst. D&J L16210.
London: Cassel & Company Ltd., 1971. 366p cloth Autobiography, must read, entertaining. D&J L16180.
London: Cassel & Company Ltd., 1964. 260p, brown wrappers. Classic Longhurst. Scarce proof copy, publication date 9th November 1964.
London: Werner Laurie, 1953. 173p cloth Great reading. D&J L16300.
London: Werner Laurie, 1953. 173p cloth Great reading. D&J L16300.
London: Werner Laurie, 1953. 173p cloth. Great reading, one of Longhurst's best titles. D&J L16300.
Southport, England. County Borough, ca. 1969. 32p. illus. wrapps. Hard to find golfing brochure. D&J L16330.
London: Cassel & Company Ltd., 1964. 244 pp. green cloth, gilt spine, dust jacket. First Edition. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Henry Longhurst. Presentation Copy May 1967.
London: Cassel & Company Ltd., 1963.
London: MacDonald and Co., 1966.
London: MacDonald and Co., 1966. 150p, cloth 1st ed. One of Longhurst's best books. D&J L16360.