Dancing Shoes is Dead

Dancing Shoes is Dead

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Gavin Evans became obsessed with boxing at the age of six. Infatuated with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis, Gavin devoured everything he could find on the sport and decided to become the heavyweight champion of the world, in spite of being the smallest kid in the class. After a less than wildly successful junior career, Gavin resigned himself to the role of spectator rather than participator in the sport he loved, becoming a journalist, often with a ringside seat. But, growing up in South Africa, it was politics that filled the void, becoming Gavin's new Goliath, and it was politics into which he poured his energy and his pent-up frustrations. Recruited into the ANC underground, Gavin's active role in the struggle against apartheid would frequently place him in far greater danger than he had ever faced in the ring. Detentions, assaults, 5 am meetings, spy-catching, murder attempts, all these became a part of Gavin Evans' new world. A memoir of twin passions, boxing and politics, set against the backdrop of South Africa under apartheid, "Dancing Shoes is Dead" is a vivid and poignant portrait of two disparate yet strangely connected worlds, and of the characters, brave, brutal and often bizarre, who inhabit them both.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 121.9 x 193 x 30.5mm | 294.84g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552999326
  • 9780552999328

About Gavin Evans

Gavin Evans was born in London in 1960. He grew up mainly in South Africa, where he tried his hand at boxing, worked as a campaigning journalist and threw himself into the underground politics of the African National Congress. Since returning to London in 1993 he has written on politics and sport for the New York Times, Esquire, Playboy, The New Statesman, the Daily Mail and the Guardian. His biography of Naseem Hamed, Prince of the Ring, was published in 1996.show more

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