Phil Churchill


Phil Churchill lives in Surrey with his wife Tana and has two sons, Daniel and Jake. He is a keen single figure handicap golfer and was Club Captain at Surrey Downs golf course and co-founder and chairman of the Surrey Hills Golf League for whom he wrote the popular monthly golf column, The Hacker (which was also edited into a monthly blog for Golf Monthly). He is also the Managing Director of Steelplan Kitchens Ltd, a successful multi-million pound manufacturing business.

Smashwords Interview

Is there an underlying theme or message in The Orbury Way.
Yes there is, it is fundamentally about change, specifically within golf. Up until not so long ago, a golf club was the bastion of wealthy men. For some clubs that is still the case with women not allowed and strict dress codes enforced both on and off the course. But that is slowly being eroded with lady memberships thriving and a younger generation who are not interested in being forced to wear a jacket and tie in certain parts of the clubhouse. I'm very interested to see how old clubs handle this change and whether the older generation who run and control these clubs embrace or reject the modern world as it closes in. The Orbury is just such a club and over the series of books we will get to see how they handle it.
Why did you decide to write about golf?
Two reasons. Firstly because I have read many times that as a writer you should write about what you know and I know a lot about golf! Having been Captain at a golf club and running a golf league I know how such organisations run so it made it easier to write convincingly about it (I hope). The second reason is that I love golf and I wish I could read about it more, there are very few golf novels around and I believed that other golf lovers would enjoy a golf novel with comic undertones.
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Where to find Phil Churchill online


The Hacker (Volume One)
Price: Free! Words: 45,830. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Sports
This ebook compilation offers both the first 5 chapters of The Orbury Way (this sample is over 10,000 words longer than the samples offered online elsewhere) as well as bringing together all fifteen columns of 'The Hacker' that were written for the Surrey Hills League. They are reproduced in their full original format, rather than the reduced formats published online by Golf Monthly.
The Orbury Way
Series: The Orbury Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,440. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Sports
The future of the historic Orbury Golf Club hangs in the balance. Following the death of the old Earl, the Club Secretary struggles to keep it afloat as the modern world threatens to overwhelm it. Can the heir to the estate win the par 32 one hole challenge? Who is the rightful heir? Who is the father of the baby? Who stole the painting and just what is in that 70 year old letter...?

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