Bill Jones worked for Granada Television for 27 years, where he was an award-winning documentary maker. He now works as a freelance writer and programme maker. He was researching a documentary about the centenary of the Manchester running club Salford Harriers in 1985 when he came across the story of John Tarrant (a former Harriers member) – which led to his William Hill short-listed book – The Ghost Runner.
Praise for The Ghost Runner:
“One of those books…where you think how could we possibly not have known about this story … an extraordinary account” Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4
“Jones has unearthed and told quite brilliantly the story of a man condemned not only by authority, but also by his own stubbornness” Sunday Times
Books by Bill Jones
Alone: The triumph and the tragedy of John Curry
On a winter’s night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory 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 won the OBE. He was chosen as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He 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.
World rights: Bloomsbury
Pub date: Spring 2014
Bill Jones is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – firstname.lastname@example.org