Phil Rennett was born in Warrington, England and now lives in Rugby with partner Clare, Molly the rescued greyhound, a huge ginger cat called Charlie and several anonymous fish. He feels sorry for the fish. His career started in the public relations department of the Royal Oman Police in the Sultanate of Oman and has gone downhill ever since. He now runs Quiet Storm Consultants, a PR and marketing consultancy he founded in 1990. His interests include golf, writing, charity work, golf, travel, comedy and golf.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading an Alfred Hitchcock "Three Investigators" novel. The kids were in an old, (supposedly) empty house and were terrified but didn't know why. It turned out that someone was playing a note on an organ that was so deep, it was outside their conscious hearing range - but they didn't know it at the time and neither did I. They could hear it, but didn't hear it. The description of their irrational fear made me drop the book. I only picked it up again after my tea, when I realised I wouldn't be able to sleep unless I knew what had happened and why. It was the first time I recognised the power of the written word.
How do you approach cover design?
I know what I want to convey, but I rely on experts to translate that effectively. There is a sad story related to the cover of "You! A Golf Guru!". It was meant to be created by Julie - an exceptional artist and graphic designer who also happened to be a very close friend of my partner. We had just started work on the concept when Julie was taken ill. She died shortly afterwards. I could have asked someone else to develop those initial concepts into a finished design, but it wouldn't have been Julie's design and I'd have been reminded of that fact every time I looked at the book. I have ended up with a cover that's very different from the original plan, but it still conveys effectively what I want it to convey, so I'm very pleased with it.
“You! A Golf Guru!” tees up ideas, thoughts and perspectives that will improve your approach to golf and will boost your enjoyment of the sport. Illustrated by memorable and humorous anecdotes, the book takes a lighthearted look at key aspects of the game, both on and off the course. Read it and you’ll be well on your way to golfing enlightenment!