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Book Launch - Jackson Haines: The Skating King

Stack of copies of the book "Jackson Haines: The Skating King" by Ryan Stevens

Want to own a piece of figure skating history? It is your lucky day. I'm so excited to announce that my new book "Jackson Haines: The Skating King" officially launches today!

Photograph of author Ryan Stevens with a copy of the book "Jackson Haines: The Skating King"


Jackson Haines left America during the height of the Civil War and embarked on a remarkable journey across Europe. With his ingenious translation of ballet onto the ice, he revolutionized the world of figure skating. Mesmerizing Czars and Emperors with his breathtaking performances, he became a catalyst for the creation of several of the world's oldest skating clubs. He left such an indelible impact that he is remembered today as The Father of Figure Skating.

In this captivating biography, figure skating historian Ryan Stevens masterfully recounts Jackson Haines' incredible story, from his modest origins in New York to his tragic death in Finland in 1875 - both on and off the ice.

If you are curious about the history of figure skating, this book will both surprise and fascinate you.


"Jackson Haines in my opinion is one of the most important ice skaters in the history of figure skating. His influence on the art and sport of figure skating should not be underestimated. When you follow the historical journey of ice skating you can see his footprint (or should I say blade print) in today's competitive and artistic skating. He was the father of spins, he populated music with skating and the use of the most elaborate costumes. This book by Ryan Stevens is a wonderful read and insightful account of the man that would be called The Skating King." - Christopher Dean OBE, Olympic Gold Medallist (1984), World Champion (1981-1984)

"I've known the name for many years and I thought I knew his place in history. This book has given me a whole new level of insight to a man who created his own path and helped pioneer the sport I love." - Robin Cousins MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist, figure skating (1980)

"Ryan's journalistic ability to unearth historical details and mix them into a compelling story is first-class! While balancing accuracy and fairness, he reveals a man whose life demonstrated enormous talent and creativity, celebrity and human frailty. You may not like every part of Jackson Haines, but you will definitely marvel at his genius and at the sacrifices he made as an artist and inventor of modern skating." - Debbi Wilkes, Olympic Silver Medallist, television analyst and author of "Ice Time: A Portrait of Figure Skating"

"Informative, lively, and scholarly without being dry, packing in a wealth of figure skating history information that uses the life of Jackson Haines to bring together the influences and innovations that make figure skating a notable sport and attraction today. Libraries and readers interested in a biography which also serves as a sports history, holding the ability to reach out into a general-interest audience, must obtain Jackson Haines: The Skating King. Its blend of scholarly history and engaging information is impeccable." - Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"Jackson Haines, The Skating King, tells the real story of the man considered to be the father of figure skating. Stevens has meticulously researched Haines' life from his upbringing in the United States, to his successful entertainment career in North America and Europe, to his untimely death at 36. Extensive footnotes attest to the accuracy of Stevens' information. Look no further for the truth about Jackson Haines." - Yvonne Butorac

Three photographs of Jackson Haines, the Father of Figure Skating and a search box with the text "Pre-order Jackson Haines book", advertising the new figure skating book "Jackson Haines: The Skating King"


"Jackson Haines: The Skating King" is an English language book available in paperback, hard cover and eBook editions where books are sold.

Soft launch: October 2023
Launch date: November 1, 2023


Adlibris (Finland/Sweden/Norway)
Amazon (Australia)
Amazon (Canada)
Amazon (United States)
Amazon (UK)
BAM! Books-A-Million (United States)
Barnes & Noble (United States)
Bokus (Finland/Sweden) (United States)
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Chapters Indigo (Canada)
Dymocks Booksellers (Australia)
Fishpond (Australia/New Zealand)
Foyles (UK)
Hatchards (UK)
Hugendubel (Germany)
Hive (UK)
Powell's (UK)
Saxo (Denmark)
Thalia (Austria/Germany/Switzerland)
ThriftBooks (United States)
Waterstones (UK/Ireland/Belgium/Netherlands)

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Hard cover*

Amazon (Canada)
Amazon (United States)
Amazon (UK)

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to a manufacturing facility issue, there is currently a 4-5 week processing delay for all hard cover orders. Should you wish you to receive the book in a timely fashion, I would highly encourage you to purchase the paperback version.


Amazon (Canada)
Amazon (Europe)
Amazon (United States)
Amazon (UK)
Angus & Robertson (Australia)
Barnes & Noble (United States) (Germany)
Booktopia (Australia)
Bücher (Germany)
Bücherwurm (Austria/Germany/Liechtenstein/Switzerland)
Decitre (France) (Germany)
FNAC (France)
Furet du Nord (France)
Hugendubel (Germany)
LaFeltrinelli (Italy)
Libreria IBS (Italy)
Mondadori (Italy)
Osiander (Germany)
Thalia (Austria/Germany/Switzerland)
Vivlio (France)

Subscription Services

Library and Retail Orders

Gardners (UK)
Library Bound (Canada)
Tolino (Germany/The Netherlands)
Wheelers (New Zealand)

If you experience any difficulty with any of these ordering links, simply search the book's name on the bookseller of your choice's website. If you have any ordering/delivery issues, please reach out to the retailer directly for assistance. 

Cover photo of the 2023 book "Jackson Haines: The Skating King", a biography of The Father of Figure Skating


What this book is: 

- An extremely comprehensive biography of a figure skating pioneer, compiling a wealth of previously unknown information and primary source research into one volume. 

What this book is not: 

- An instructional figure skating book that explains the difference between a toe-pick and toe-loop. 
- A historical fiction book. This book deals in facts and largely avoids speculation about aspects of Jackson Haines' story that cannot be verified.


Feature in "Skating" magazine (print) - October/November 2023 issue

Interview on Awesome Gang