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Bill Jones - Author

About the Author

Bill Jones started his working life as a journalist with various Northern provincial newspapers. In the early 80s he joined Granada Television in Manchester where he worked on literally hundreds of documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and many others - including an award-winning film about the contents of Frank Sinatra's coffin - before embarking on a writing career after almost three decades in broadcasting. His first book - The Ghost Runner - won him The Times Best New Writer in the 2012 British Sports Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the William Hill award. Alone is his second book. Born in Bridlington, the author currently lives in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, where - despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary - he insists that his ancestry is Welsh.

Featured books by Bill Jones

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Winner of the Outstanding Sports Writing Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Curry had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was - and would always remain - an absolute mystery to a world that had been dazzled by his gift. Surely, men's skating was supposed to be Cossack-muscular, not sensual and ambiguous like this. Curry himself was an often-tortured man of labyrinthine complexity. For the first time, Alone untangles the extraordinary web of his toxic, troubled, brilliant - and short - life. It is a story of childhood nightmares, furious ambition, sporting genius, lifelong rivalries, homophobia, Cold War politics, financial ruin and deep personal tragedy. Alone reveals the restless, impatient, often dark soul of a man whose words could lacerate, whose skating invariably moved audiences to tears, and who - after succumbing to AIDS, as so many of his fellow artists and friends did - died of a heart attack aged just 44.

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Author: Bill Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. Curry had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was - and would always remain - an absolute mystery to a world that had been dazzled by his gift. Surely, men's skating was supposed to be Cossack-muscular, not sensual and ambiguous like this. Curry himself was an often-tortured man of labyrinthine complexity. For the first time, Alone untangles the extraordinary web of his toxic, troubled, brilliant - and short - life. It is a story of childhood nightmares, furious ambition, sporting genius, lifelong rivalries, homophobia, Cold War politics, financial ruin and deep personal tragedy. Alone reveals the restless, impatient, often dark soul of a man whose words could lacerate, whose skating invariably moved audiences to tears, and who - after succumbing to AIDS, as so many of his fellow artists and friends did - died of a heart attack aged just 44.

Other books by Bill Jones

Black Camp 21

Black Camp 21

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

All over Britain, POW camps are filling up with defeated German soldiers. Every day, thousands more pour in on ships from France. But only the most dangerous are sent to Camp 21 - `black' prisoners - SS diehards who've sworn death before surrender. Nothing will stop their war, unless it's a bullet. As one fanatic plots a mass breakout and glorious march on London, Max Hartmann dreams of the oath he pledged to the teenage bride he scarcely knows and the child he's never met. Where do his loyalties really lie? To Hitler or to the life he left behind in the bombed ruins of his homeland? Beneath the wintry mountains, in the hell of Black Camp 21, suspicion and fear swirl around like the endless snow. And while the Reich crumbles - and his brutal companions plan their assault - Max's toughest battle is only just beginning. Inspired by terrifying actual events, Black Camp 21 takes readers on a gut-wrenching journey from the battlefields of France to its shocking climax in a camp which still stands today.

The Body Burning Detail Memoir of a Marine Artilleryman in Vietnam

The Body Burning Detail Memoir of a Marine Artilleryman in Vietnam

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2018

A poignantly written and heartfelt memoir that recounts the author's hair raising-and occasionally hilarious-experience as a young Marine artilleryman in Vietnam. Gritty, unvarnished and often times disturbing, the book provides a unique window into the lasting physical and emotional wounds of war. Realistic and highly readable, the story is not the typical gung-ho narrative of a combat Marine eager to die for God and country. A somewhat different and interesting perspective and a must read for veterans, Marine Corps buffs, students of the 1960's culture as well as those seeking a better understanding of the influence and relevancy of America's long and indecisive misadventure in Vietnam.

B. L. Coombes

B. L. Coombes

Author: Bill Jones, Chris Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2017

Bert Coombes settled in south Wales in 1909, where he worked as a miner for more than forty years. He was motivated to write after witnessing the death of two work mates underground, and he determined to tell his truth about the lives of miners and their families. His first book These Poor Hands was acclaimed by critics such as J. B. Priestley and Cyril Connolly and is considered to be among the most authentically vivid accounts ever written about mining. It describes with moving simplicity the harsh conditions in which he and his comrades worked and lived and the bond which existed between them in the face of poverty, hunger, danger and death. These Poor Hands was followed by several other books, all consistent in their philosophy, style and integrity - there is no hint of sentimentality, just immense sympathy for the miners' lot, its hardship and its humour. As the Times Literary Supplement noted in 1974, 'he was one of the few proletarian writers of the 1930s who were impressive as writers rather than proletarians'. As a result of his success Coombes became a frequent broadcaster and his Plan for Britain was published in the Picture Post. This excellent introduction to the life and work of Bert Coombes is valuable not just for its penetrating assessment of Coombes, but for the light that it sheds on the social and industrial context in which he lived. His writing articulated the social and economic injustice of contemporary capitalism and has enduring value because of the way in which it gives imaginative expression to the belief that working people should have greater control over their well-being and destiny.

The Life and Times of Algernon Swift

The Life and Times of Algernon Swift

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Our young and earnest hero, Algernon Swift, returns from his travels abroad and must once more face the trials of life, love and the English language. Back at home, Algernon tries to cope with the exorbitant passion of the exquisite Mavis (a woman with X on her mind) and his elderly uncle, Reverend Hawker, and his exasperating inability to mean one thing at a time. Well-meaning in a world of double meanings, can Algernon avoid becoming another of Mavis's Xs or, at least, plunging into an existential crisis of his own? Amidst perpetual solicitude, can Algernon find both solace and solitude? Punning on subjects as diverse as Henry VIII's wives, Pre-Raphaelite painters, mathematics and fairy tales, we are taken on a hilarious and punishing journey of jokes - both high-brow and homespun - as Algernon attempts to make sense of, and even delight in, the world of word-play. Written and illustrated by Bill Jones, The Life and Times of Algernon Swift contains some of the best - or indeed worst - puns and jokes you will ever read.

Life and Times of Algernon Swift

Life and Times of Algernon Swift

Author: Bill Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2017

Our young and earnest hero, Algernon Swift, returns from his travels abroad and must once more face the trials of life, love and the English language. Back at home, Algernon tries to cope with the exorbitant passion of the exquisite Mavis (a woman with X on her mind) and his elderly uncle, Reverend Hawker, and his exasperating inability to mean one thing at a time. Well-meaning in a world of double meanings, can Algernon avoid becoming another of Mavis's Xs or, at least, plunging into an existential crisis of his own? Amidst perpetual solicitude, can Algernon find both solace and solitude? Punning on subjects as diverse as Henry VIII's wives, Pre-Raphaelite painters, mathematics and fairy tales, we are taken on a hilarious and punishing journey of jokes - both high-brow and homespun - as Algernon attempts to make sense of, and even delight in, the world of word-play. Written and illustrated by Bill Jones, The Life and Times of Algernon Swift contains some of the best - or indeed worst - puns and jokes you will ever read.

At Sunset, Facing East

At Sunset, Facing East

Author: Bill Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2016

Bill Jones's nearly 65 years on Earth have filled the man with wonder. He's heard the voices of family through five generations, the young magically echoing the old. He's witnessed the world of anthrax and America's cities set on fire, seen the impossible become all too possible. In the US, Mexico, Colombia, and Jamaica, he's traveled roads not often taken. He's been haunted by dreams which spoke the truth and gave him new direction. For him, life burns brightest in the scenes he can't forget. Such scenes are his clear focus in At Sunset, Facing East. "e;At Sunset, Facing East is an absorbing journey through one man's life-its humor, its wonder, its despair and its dreams. Turning the pages, you feel the light coming and going, the sudden appearance of shadows, the darkness making quiet entrance. This is a poet who believes that life itself is the great poem one is writing, and the book dazzles with its rigorous and passionate contemplation of what it means to be alive."e;-Kendra Kopelke, Poet, Editor of Passager and author of Eager Street and Hopper's Women

British Politics: The Basics

British Politics: The Basics

Author: Bill Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2015

Over the last two decades British politics has undergone a remarkable transformation. While some components of the system have been eroded, such as voter turnout and membership of the big parties, other parts have flourished, such as nationalist parties, the insurgent UKIP, as well as the new media. British Politics: The Basics analyses these changes and places them within the context of the evolution of British society from absolute monarchy to representative democracy. It considers each of the major components of British politics, such as the Monarchy and the House of Lords, the Commons, voting behaviour, parties and pressure groups, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, devolution, local government, and foreign policy. Its contents include coverage of recent events such as the Scottish Referendum and the 2015 General Election. This readable and comprehensive introduction will be of key interest to A-level students, undergraduates and those new to the study of British politics.

British Politics: The Basics

British Politics: The Basics

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2015

Over the last two decades British politics has undergone a remarkable transformation. While some components of the system have been eroded, such as voter turnout and membership of the big parties, other parts have flourished, such as nationalist parties, the insurgent UKIP, as well as the new media. British Politics: The Basics analyses these changes and places them within the context of the evolution of British society from absolute monarchy to representative democracy. It considers each of the major components of British politics, such as the Monarchy and the House of Lords, the Commons, voting behaviour, parties and pressure groups, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, devolution, local government, and foreign policy. Its contents include coverage of recent events such as the Scottish Referendum and the 2015 General Election. This readable and comprehensive introduction will be of key interest to A-level students, undergraduates and those new to the study of British politics.

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Winner of the Outstanding Sports Writing Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Curry had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was - and would always remain - an absolute mystery to a world that had been dazzled by his gift. Surely, men's skating was supposed to be Cossack-muscular, not sensual and ambiguous like this. Curry himself was an often-tortured man of labyrinthine complexity. For the first time, Alone untangles the extraordinary web of his toxic, troubled, brilliant - and short - life. It is a story of childhood nightmares, furious ambition, sporting genius, lifelong rivalries, homophobia, Cold War politics, financial ruin and deep personal tragedy. Alone reveals the restless, impatient, often dark soul of a man whose words could lacerate, whose skating invariably moved audiences to tears, and who - after succumbing to AIDS, as so many of his fellow artists and friends did - died of a heart attack aged just 44.

Overview

Overview

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2015

The Deerholme Foraging Book Wild Foods and Recipes from the Pacific Northwest

The Deerholme Foraging Book Wild Foods and Recipes from the Pacific Northwest

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2014

The Deerholme Foraging Book is the ultimate book for foraging in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring local edible plants, sea vegetables, and shellfish as well as an overview of mushroom foraging, the book serves as an introduction to the world of wild food. Identification and sourcing information, preparation tips, and recipes for many types of wild foods are included. The recipes are global in influence and use simple techniques woven in with expert processes to create good, homemade food. The recipe list includes techniques for harvesting and preserving food and covers basic pantry preparations, soups, salads, and meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes, all showcasing foraged food. Linking to traditional uses for wild foods and future possibilities for our diet and well-being, as well as enhancing our appreciation of the environment around us, The Deerholme Foraging Book also includes an index, a bibliography, full-color photos of wild foods and dishes, and Jones's fascinating foraging stories.

The Deerholme Mushroom Book From Foraging to Feasting

The Deerholme Mushroom Book From Foraging to Feasting

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2014

Expand your culinary knowledge of wild and cultivated mushrooms with this comprehensive cookbook by award-winning writer and chef Bill Jones. Learn from an acknowledged expert in the field of wild foods how to source mushrooms through foraging, shopping, and growing, and get a thorough overview of the common types of wild and cultivated fungi. Gain insight into the medicinal and cultural uses of mushrooms, and reap the health benefits of simple, unprocessed food. Delicious recipes for basic pantry preparations, soups, salads, meats, seafood, and vegetable dishes, all featuring mushrooms, include: Truffle Potato Croquettes; Mushroom Pate; Porcini Naan; Semolina Mushroom Cake; Beef Tenderloin and Oyster Mushroom Carpaccio; Curried Mushroom and Coconut Bisque. The Deerholme Mushroom Book is every chef's essential guide to edible mushrooms.

The Ghost Runner The Epic Journey of the Man They Couldn't Stop

The Ghost Runner The Epic Journey of the Man They Couldn't Stop

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Hemmed in So If You can't Breathe... You Might Be Hemmed In!

Hemmed in So If You can't Breathe... You Might Be Hemmed In!

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2013

Hemmed in So If You can't Breathe... You Might Be Hemmed In!

Hemmed in So If You can't Breathe... You Might Be Hemmed In!

Author: Bill Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2013

Some Wild Things Is It Coincidence........or Part of the Master Plan?

Some Wild Things Is It Coincidence........or Part of the Master Plan?

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2013

Ghost Runner

Ghost Runner

Author: Bill Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2013

Ghost Runner

Ghost Runner

Author: Bill Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2013

A cross between Once a Runner and Chariots of Fire, the heartbreaking story of the man known as ';The Ghost Runner.'The mystery man threw off his disguise and started to run. Furious stewards gave chase. The crowd roared.A legend was born. Soon the world would know him as ';the ghost runner,' John Tarrant, the extraordinary man whom nobody could stop. As a hapless teenage boxer in the 1950s, he'd been paid GBP17 expenses. When he wanted to run, he was banned for life. His amateur status had been compromised. Forever. Now he was fighting back, gate-crashing races all over Britain. No number on his shirt. No friends in high places. Soon he would be a record-breaker, one of the greatest long-distance runners the world had ever seen.

The Ghost Runner The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn't Stop

The Ghost Runner The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn't Stop

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

The mystery man threw off his disguise and started to run. Furious stewards gave chase. The crowd roared. A legend was born. Soon the world would know him as 'the ghost runner'. John Tarrant. The extraordinary man whom nobody could stop. As a hapless teenage boxer in the 1950s, he'd been paid GBP17 expenses. When he wanted to run, he was banned for life. His amateur status had been compromised. Forever. Now he was fighting back, gatecrashing races all over Britain. No number on his shirt. No friends in high places. Soon he would be a record-breaker, one of the greatest long-distance runners the world has ever seen. This is his true story: The Ghost Runner.

Making Sense

Making Sense

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

Dictionary of British Politics

Dictionary of British Politics

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2010

From Diane Abbott to Hugo Young via Keynesianism and Thatcherism, from Major to Millbank and from New Labour to Norman Tebbitt, this book is the ultimate student reference guide to British politics. The 2nd edition has been fully updated to take account of all the changes that have taken place in British politics since 2004. With over one thousand entries, the book covers the personalities, policies and institutions that have shaped British politics, with special emphasis on developments since the beginning of the twentieth century. This is the ideal instant reference book on British politics. It provides the reader with short, authoritative explanations and definitions of key terms, institutions, offices of state, political events, processes and policies as well as biographies of well known politicians, political thinkers, movements and theorists. Any student unsure of a term, an event, the details of the life of a prominent politician, or the inner workings of an institution can turn to this book for immediate assistance. -- .

British Politics Today: Essentials 6th Edition

British Politics Today: Essentials 6th Edition

Author: Bill Jones, Dennis Kavanagh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

Short, yet comprehensive. Completely up to date. Great value for money textbook by two established scholars . -- .

British Politics Today: Essentials 6th Edition

British Politics Today: Essentials 6th Edition

Author: Bill Jones, Dennis Kavanagh Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2010

Short, yet comprehensive. Completely up to date. Great value for money textbook by two established scholars . -- .

125 Best Chinese Recipes

125 Best Chinese Recipes

Author: Bill Jones, Stephen Wong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2010

Take the best of Chinese cooking, add a wide variety of readily available ingredients and you've got 125 Best Chinese Recipes. This book is perfectly suited to home cooks who love Chinese food and want to make meals and snacks that are innovative, easy and delicious. Some of the authentic but contemporary recipes are: - Appetisers, such as drunken chicken wings. - Savoury soups, like egg drop soup with minced beef and cilantro. - Outstanding meat alternatives, such as crisp-fried chilli and garlic shrimp. - Main meals, such as plum and chilli glazed pork tenderloin. - Great side dishes, such as five-spice and spinach scalloped potatoes. In addition, a wonderful primer on Chinese cooking provides comprehensive information on the tools, techniques, ingredients, vegetables, sauces and spice mixes that are the foundation of Chinese cuisine.

Louisiana Cowboys

Louisiana Cowboys

Author: Bill Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2007

The story of the cowboys who drove cattle across bayous, marshes, and rivers through the vast grassland prairies and marshes of south Louisiana. Known mainly for its sugarcane, oil, and seafood resources, south Louisiana has rarely been recognized for its cowboys. This illustrated account tells the largely undocumented history of migratory cattle ranching in Louisiana from colonial days up to the present, from the trail drives of the 1760s to the few existing modern-day ranches.

Dictionary of British Politics

Dictionary of British Politics

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2004

From Diane Abbott to Hugo Young via Keynesianism and Thatcherism, from Major to Millbank and from New Labour to Norman Tebbitt, this book is the ultimate student reference guide to British politics. With over one thousand entries, the book covers the personalities, policies and institutions that have shaped British politics, with special emphasis on developments since the beginning of the twentieth century. This is the ideal instant reference book on British politics. It provides the reader with short, authoritative explanations and definitions of key terms, institutions, offices of state, political events, processes and policies as well as biographies of well known politicians, political thinkers, movements and theorists. Any student unsure of a term, an event, the details of the life of a prominent politician, or the inner workings of an institution can turn to this book for immediate assistance. -- .

British Politics Today 7th Edition

British Politics Today 7th Edition

Author: Bill Jones, Dennis Kavanagh, Caroline Wilding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2003

A short but comprehensive textbook for students of British politics which interprets changes over the last thirty years and analyses institutions within the context of British society and economics. -- .

Wales in America Scranton and the Welsh, 1860-1920

Wales in America Scranton and the Welsh, 1860-1920

Author: Bill Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2003

Between the years 1860 and 1920 around 80,000 Welsh immigrants settled in the United States. This volume focses on Scranton, the epicentre of Welsh America, and examines the wider issues of how these immigrants regarded their nationality, their mother country, their relationship with other cultures and how they became absorbed into the society of their new home.

B. L. Coombes

B. L. Coombes

Author: Bill Jones, Chris Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/1999

Bert Coombes settled in south Wales in 1909, where he worked as a miner for more than forty years. He was motivated to write after witnessing the death of two work mates underground, and he determined to tell his truth about the lives of miners and their families. His first book These Poor Hands was acclaimed by critics such as J. B. Priestley and Cyril Connolly and is considered to be among the most authentically vivid accounts ever written about mining. It describes with moving simplicity the harsh conditions in which he and his comrades worked and lived and the bond which existed between them in the face of poverty, hunger, danger and death. These Poor Hands was followed by several other books, all consistent in their philosophy, style and integrity - there is no hint of sentimentality, just immense sympathy for the miners' lot, its hardship and its humour. As the Times Literary Supplement noted in 1974, 'he was one of the few proletarian writers of the 1930s who were impressive as writers rather than proletarians'. As a result of his success Coombes became a frequent broadcaster and his Plan for Britain was published in the Picture Post. This excellent introduction to the life and work of Bert Coombes is valuable not just for its penetrating assessment of Coombes, but for the light that it sheds on the social and industrial context in which he lived. His writing articulated the social and economic injustice of contemporary capitalism and has enduring value because of the way in which it gives imaginative expression to the belief that working people should have greater control over their well-being and destiny.

Wales in America Scranton and the Welsh, 1860-1920

Wales in America Scranton and the Welsh, 1860-1920

Author: Bill Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/1993

Between the years 1860 and 1920 around 80,000 Welsh immigrants settled in the United States. This volume focses on Scranton, the epicentre of Welsh America, and examines the wider issues of how these immigrants regarded their nationality, their mother country, their relationship with other cultures and how they became absorbed into the society of their new home.

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