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.
About the Author
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.
“A terrific read, filled with juicy detail and driven by sympathy for a man who who was feted as a national hero but was extremely hard to like.” —The Times
“Given that many who best knew Curry were, like him, lost to AIDS, it's impressive Jones was able to craft such an intimate portrait.” —Metrosource Magazine
“A moving and explosive biography of an ice skating genius.” —Manchester Evening News
“Movingly told.” —Choice Magazine
“A fascinating exploration of a tragic talent.” —Attitude
“The biography, approved by his family, delves into the complex, tormented character of Curry, his jealousies, tantrums, and fractured relationships with all but a few who passed through his life, and his never-ending struggle for acceptance.” —International Figure Skating Magazine
“Alone is more than a sports biography . . . [I]t is a timely reminder of the fine boundary between sport and art and the courage it took, and still takes, to be a gay athlete.” —Sunday Times