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Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones
  

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

Biography / Autobiography   Sport from the Armchair   All Shortlists and Winners   

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014.

The triumph of the title must surely be his spectacular winning routine at the 1976 Winter Olympics, the tragedy his early death in 1996 from an AIDS related heart attack. Bill Jones writes of both sides of his short life, the public and the private highlighting his talent and his demons.

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Synopsis

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones

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.

Reviews

A terrific story - a comic strip hero made flesh, with all the human complications that entails - Daily Mail on The Ghost Runner

Bill Jones used to make documentaries, and he retains that discipline's eye for telling details and evocative shots - The Times on the Ghostrunner

A fantastic story of the underdog - Metro on The Ghost Runner

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

31st July 2014

Author

Bill Jones

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Sport from the Armchair
All Shortlists and Winners

Biography: sport
Ice-skating

ISBN

9781408853429

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