Dancing on Eggshells: Kitchen, ballroom & the messy inbetween (Hardback)
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Dancing on Eggshells: Kitchen, ballroom & the messy inbetween (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 24/08/2023
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Combining the glamour of TV stardom on The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing with powerful and affecting vignettes about body dysmorphia and crushing self-doubt, Whaite's inspiring memoir is an empowering tribute to optimism and resilience.  

'I never thought I'd write a memoir. I never thought I'd do a lot of the things I have done in my thirty-four years, but life has a wonderful way of surprising us.'

Well-known as the winner of the third series of The Great British Bake Off and runner up of Strictly Come Dancing with his same-sex dance partner Johannes Radebe, John Whaite's personal story is a complicated narrative of contradictions, highs and lows, told with tenderness, joy, insight and wit, but also unflinching honesty.

A shy little boy from rural Lancashire, who was scared to sleep alone and danced a little 'too gay' at family weddings, he was also an unruly teen who shaved a checkerboard pattern into his hair and refused to conform.

From childhood his life has revolved around food - his parents owned a fish and chip shop where John worked in the back peeling potatoes - but for long periods he has been haunted by bulimia and body dysmorphia and not a day goes by when he doesn't worry about what or how much he eats.

He achieved TV fame but then seemingly wilfully chose to self-destruct, before finding the strength to pull back when he woke up in a car with half a kebab at his feet and chilli sauce on his shoes.

Through it all, his essential optimism has meant that he has chosen to take every step back as a chance to reassess and begin again, finally arriving at the realisation that external validation and fulfilment is transient - a distraction from the sometimes painful pilgrimage we make as we gain wisdom from our experiences.

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781804191491
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 32 mm

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“A fascinating journey through “the messy inbetween””

This book does not contain a detailed, episode-by-episode account of Bake Off or Strictly, which might disappoint some readers. Although each of these has a chapter, the book is mainly about “the messy inbetween”.... More

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