It began as a Depression-era, winner-take-all challenge between two Chicago stockbrokers, one of them a flamboyant daredevil with more guts than money and the other with more money than sense. It erupted into a national news story, one never told in its entirety—until King of Clubs: The Great Golf Marathon of 1938. In September 1938, thirty-two-year-old J. Smith Ferebee agreed to play 600 holes of golf in eight cities, from Los Angeles to New York, over four consecutive days. The ordeal meant playing more than thirty-three rounds in just ninety-six hours. The stakes: Ferebee’s friend and former business partner Fred Tuerk agreed that if Ferebee succeeded, he would pay on Ferebee’s behalf a $20,000 mortgage on 296 acres of waterfront Virginia land. If Ferebee lost, he would surrender to Tuerk his ownership stake in the property. Brokers on LaSalle Street in Chicago piled up bets. Before long, the marathon was estimated to be worth $100,000, or well more than $1 million today. Playing despite a severe leg injury, Ferebee faced one obstacle after another, including a gambler’s brazen sabotage attempt in Philadelphia. He started the morning rounds before dawn and ended the afternoon rounds in darkness, with lighting provided by spectators’ cars, local fire departments, or flares. Remarkably, Ferebee never lost a ball. Combining the appeal of Seabiscuit and The Greatest Game Ever Played, King of Clubs will amaze and entertain readers from opening drive to final putt.
Terry Turbo gave ten million clubbers a good time, every time. From humble beginnings working in a McDonalds fast food restaurant to handing out flyers and selling rave tickets within the UK rave scene, he built up the country's biggest dance music empire, starting and running One Nation, Dreamscape, Rave Nation and Garage Nation - for a decade, he played host to more than 25,000 clubbers every week, all over the World. "King of Clubs...Sex, Drugs and Thugs" is Terry's no-holds barred tale of the sex, drugs and violence that became part of his everyday life. He has mixed with dozens of celebrities and gangsters - the book is littered with names as diverse as Tom Jones, Alesha Dixon, Kano, Robert Lindsay, Howard Marks, Julian Clary, Tamara Beckwith, Puff Daddy, The So Solid Crew, Dizzy Rascal, Shane Ritchie, Estelle, Miss Dynamite and various legendary faces from the Underworld and the Italian Mafia - he has been involved in life threatening situations fought off gunmen and lived a life of champagne hedonism that few can dream of. After selling his club interests in 2003 he is now concentrating on a new career in Hollywood under his real name Terry Stone as an Actor and Producer. Terry's inside story will be a must-read for millions clubbers who he so royally entertained and for anyone who is still clubbing today and wants to know how the club scene started and what really goes on behind the dancing, flashing lights and loud music.
With her friend Mercury still in a coma, Dex is taking things personally -- perhaps too personally. As the investigation stalls, Dex begins to veer out of control, and there's no telling who might get hurt in her wake.
Born to a poor family in Arkansas, Robert Dedman formed his life goal at the age of eighteen -- he would make $50 million by the age of 50 and give $1 million a year to charity. Now 72, Dedman has achieved his goal...and much, much more. Today, Robert Dedman is one of the most successful developers in the private dub industry. Billionaire philanthropist and chairman of Club Corporation International, he has given more than $26 million to Texas and Florida universities. His "three-in-one" golf club concept has earned ClubCorp assets worth more than $3 billion, averaging revenues of $1.2 billion a year. But Dedman is about more than money and golf courses. His personal ideals and philosophies are molded by his studies of classical poetry, Browning, Shakespeare and Kipling. And his philanthropic nature and healthy lifestyle have been influenced by his desire to be a well-balanced person. While Dedman may seek material success, his primary goal is richness in life. King of Clubs is a candid and revealing account of how life is worth more than a bank balance, how true wealth is a matter of Spirit.
Kicking a football in the back streets of Essex with his mates as a kid, Anton Johnson could have had no idea what a dramatic effect the game would have on his life. It would take him from boardrooms to courtrooms on an incredible journey during which he turned down Brian Clough, gave Harry Redknapp his first management job and worked with legends like George Best and Bobby Moore - a true 'King of Clubs'. Among many other things, he trained as a butcher, played in and managed bands, opened clubs and pubs, and killed rabbits in New Zealand for a living.
'Peerless in its wit, elegance and silliness.’ Evening Standard BOOKS OF THE YEAR Storm clouds loom over Europe. Treason is afoot in the highest social circles. The very security of the nation is in peril. Jeeves, it transpires, has long been an agent of British Intelligence, but now His Majesty's Government must turn to the one man who can help . . . Bertie Wooster. 'A most thrilling return of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster . . . it vibrates with the spirit and the rhythms of his heart.' 'Remarkably good . . . in its similes, pace and general zing, this yarn is eerily Wodehousian.'
Birmingham would definitely not be the place that it is today, without Eddie Fewtrell. Born one of ten children in the 1930s, in the backstreets of Aston, much of Eddie's childhood was spent keeping house and caring for his younger brothers. By the 1970s he became the most powerful man in Birmingham's Clubland.
Peter Stringfellow is the most famous nightclub owner in the world, proprietor of Stringfellow's in London's West End and many more. His life story is not only a classic rags-to-riches tale but one which documents the rise and fall of every musical trend since popular music began. He was born to the sound of falling German bombs in 1940 and built his dreams out of the rubble of the Sheffield blitz. He has survived two divorces, the New York mafia and bankruptcy, and this biography is peppered with anecdotes about the rich and famous. Forthright and humorous, it recounts how a steelworker's son ended up with his name in lights on both sides of the Atlantic.
An intimate portrait of visionary showman James Lord Corrigan. Written by Corrigan's confidante Maureen Prest, this is the only insider's account of what really went on at his world famous Batley Variety Club, both in front of house and behind closed doors. From his origins on a travelling funfair, his audacious climb through the world of show business, his turbulent marriage to his glamorous wife Betty, and his dramatic retreat, this is a story of rags to riches and back to rags. With a twist.
Declan King grew up knowing exactly what he wanted out of life. His goal was to be raking in over six figures by the time he graduated college...and he was. Declan felt as if he had everything he ever wanted...the best friends a guy could ask for, a thriving business and he was in love with his college sweetheart, Melissa. Until one night when his life came to a crashing halt. Kaylee Brennen is an artist. She is quiet, shy and in love with Declan. Declan has finally come to the realization that he is falling for Kaylee but he is unsure if he can ever trust another woman with his heart. He is also afraid that if Kaylee knew the truth about what happened to Melissa then she would never be able to look at him in the same way. The stakes are higher than ever before. Will Declan risk losing it all and give his heart to Kaylee like he did all those years ago at a poker game?