Dancing on Eggshells

Dancing on Eggshells: Kitchen, ballroom & the messy inbetween

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 24/08/2023
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'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: 513g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 32 mm

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Dancing on Eggshells
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... READ MORE