Julie Welch, whatever she may say about herself, is a highly regarded sportswriter, novelist and screenwriter. She lives in Blackheath, London, with her husband, children and bicycle and has a marathon personal best of 4 hours 41 minutes and 20 seconds.
Praise for Julie Welch:
"The ever-excellent Julie Welch provides the book's narrative drive...A special book about a special man, it will appeal not merely to Spurs fans but to anyone who appreciates what Danny Blanchflower, Tottenham's inspirational captain of the time, called "the rapture of the game". " The Independent
"Had John White lived, he could have been one of the greatest footballers of all time..this book deserves to be read." Jimmy Greaves
"Deeply personal - a touching, heartfelt story." Gary Imlach
"The sections Julie Welch writes are informative and illuminating." **** Metro
"A fine and touching book...one of the most affecting sports books of the year." The Times
DANGEROUS DANCING charts the progress of the Sweet Fanny Addams all-female dance group from obscurity to fame. From Millie's death in 1990, the novel goes back over two decades in the lives of 11 dancers - their friendships and bitchery, their disastrous men and seedy provincial tours and their moments of glory.
Welch examines just what it is that drives 30,000 people to get up one morning in April and punish their bodies in a race they know they have no hope of winning. A full range of participants have been interviewed from pros to ex-alcoholics.
For some years Julie Welch edited the magazine of the Long Distance Walkers Association. And she became more and more intrigued, even obsessed, with the highlight (others might say nadir) of the long-distance-walking calendar: the annual Hundred. Walking a hundred miles, non-stop, within 48 hours - watching the sun come up twice...So eventually she decided she had to have a go herself. This is the story of what happened: of the 50-mile walks she took part in to build up to the big day; the singular, admirable, sometimes eccentric and above all tough as old boots members of the long-distance fraternity, and finally (as far as she can remember) recollects the full wonder, pain, horror, exhilaration, even hallucination (from groups of nuns to children's roadside picnics at 4 in the morning) of walking a Hundred.
When John White was killed by a bolt of lightning in 1964, the football world was rocked by the tragedy. White was just 27 years of age.
Nicknamed the ‘Ghost’ for the way that he could drift into space undetected, White played inside-forward for the great double-winning Tottenham Hotspur side of the early sixties. British football was entering a golden period and Bill Nicholson’s free-flowing Spurs side was right at the forefront. White himself was on the cusp of greatness. Even alongside giants of the game like Dave Mackay and Danny Blanchflower, he stood out as a playmaker with incredible vision and touch.
White lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup for Spurs (the first European trophy won by any British side) and gained 22 caps for Scotland, but he was also a family man. Six months before he died, his beloved wife Sandra, gave birth to their second child, a son called Rob.
Rob White never knew his father. The man who was known by hundreds of thousands of football fans across the country, was a complete stranger to him. The Ghost of White Hart Lane is the result of interviews with his father’s teammates, followers, and family members. Within these pages Rob White and Julie Welch have built up a portrait, not only of a brilliant and gifted young man, but also of a lost era.
A funny, poignant and candid story of how a middle-aged couch potato transformed herself into a marathon runner, an epic cyclist and came to terms with herself and her very odd family into the bargain. Well, at rising 50 it's about time - and if Julie Welch can do it, then so can we all.
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