Basil D'oliveira: Cricket and Controversy (Paperback)Peter Oborne (author)
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There have been innumerable biographies of cricketers. Peter Oborne's outstanding biography of Basil D'Oliveira is something else. It brings together sport, politics and race. It is the story of how a black South African defied incredible odds and came to play cricket for England, of how a single man escaped from apartheid and came to fulfil his prodigious sporting potential. It is a story of the conquest of racial prejudice, both in South Africa and in the heart of the English sporting establishment.
The story comes to its climax in the so-called D'Oliveira Affair of 1968, when John Vorster, the South African Prime Minister, banned the touring MCC side because of the inclusion of a black man. This episode marked the start of the twenty-year sporting isolation of South Africa that ended only with the collapse of apartheid itself.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 198 x 139 x 21 mm
Oborne tells this remarkable story with the tautness of a thriller and the focus of a political tract. If you are at all interested in either cricket or humanity, I guarantee that you will read his book at one sitting. * Peter Wilby, NEW STATESMAN *
It is a masterpiece of research and reconstruction of the most significant sporting uprising of our times * DAILY MAIL *
As this stunning book makes very clear, principled people acting together can sniff out the essential truth and make the difference. Read it and risk being inspired to do the same. * IRELAND TRIBUNE *