9781408853566

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

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    9781408853566

  • ISBN10:

    1408853566

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/8/2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Summary

Short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

One winter's night in 1976, millions of people all over the world watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Overnight he became one of the most famous men on the planet and changed ice-skating from marginal sport to high art. Surely, men's skating was supposed to be Cossack-muscular, not sensual and ambiguous like this. And yet the man was--and would always remain--an absolute mystery to a world that was dazzled by his gift.

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.

So much more than a run-of-the-mill sports biography, 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--died of a heart attack at just forty-four years old.

Author Biography

Bill Jones has spent most of his working life making award-winning international documentaries with Granada Television in Manchester. In 2011, his first book, The Ghost Runner, was published to widespread critical acclaim. It was short-listed for the William Hill Sport Book of the Year, and won the “Best New Writer” category at the British Sports Book Awards. He lives in north England.

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