The previously-untold story of the life and tragic early death of John Curry, one of the most famous ice skaters in history.
The book that inspired new film The Ice King, the story of John Curry's life.
One winter's night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic gold on an ice rink in Austria. Many millions more watched around the world. Overnight he became one of the most famous men on the planet. He was awarded an OBE. He was chosen as BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Curry changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was a 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 a complex, tortured man. 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 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 did, died of a heart attack aged just 44.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 271 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
It's a terrific read, filled with juicy detail and driven by sympathy for a man who was feted as a national hero but was extremely hard to like * The Times *
Alone is more than a sports biography. ...it 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 *
A moving and explosive biography of an ice skating genius * Manchester Evening News *
A fascinating exploration of a tragic talent * Attitude *