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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mr. Mulligan: The Life of Champion Armless Golfer Tommy McAuliffe is a work of non-fiction in the biography subgenre and serves as the opening installment of the McAuliffe series. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Tom Patrick McAuliffe II. The book shares the story of Tommy McAuliffe, who was one of the most accomplished golfers of his time despite not having arms to hold the clubs. Painting a vivid picture of the era and its changing attitudes toward the disabled, the book recalls the journey McAuliffe undertook to become one of the most skilled golfers of his generation.
This was a delightful love letter to a colorful character in the author’s life, aimed squarely at celebrating the spirit of a man who refused to be defined by a disability in an era before society paid much heed to ideas of accessibility. Tom Patrick McAuliffe II shares many wonderful stories about his grandfather and namesake, and some are recalled as anecdotes from the man himself whilst others are reconstructed through painstaking research. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who served as a role model for so many to have his story so lovingly revisited today, and the warmth of the writing gives the reader an immediate sense of the character of the subject. Overall, Mr. Mulligan is an essential read even for those of us without much experience or knowledge of the golf scene. The message it conveys about not letting adversity stand in the way of happiness and the pursuit of one's passions is timeless and universal.