Why We Kneel How We Rise (Hardback)
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Why We Kneel How We Rise (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 24/06/2021
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The Jamaican commentator and former cricketer expands on the game-changing distillation of the Black Lives Matter movement that he delivered live on air, in this powerful, eloquent work which combines Holding’s own testimony about racial abuse with thoughtful interviews from across the world of sport.   

Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2021

To say I was surprised at the volume of positive feedback I received from around the world after my comments on Sky Sports is an understatement. I came to realise I couldn't just stop there; I had to take it forward - hence the book, as I believe education is the way forward. - Michael Holding

Rarely can a rain delay in a cricket match have led to anything like the moment when Holding spoke out in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter protests about the racism he has suffered and has seen all around him throughout his life. But as he spoke, he sought not only to educate but to propose a way forward that inspired so many. Within minutes, he was receiving calls from famous sports stars from around the world offering to help him to spread the message further.

Now, in Why We Kneel, How We Rise, Holding shares his story together with those of some of the most iconic athletes in the world, including Usain Bolt, Adam Goodes, Thierry Henry, Michael Johnson, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Makhaya Ntini, Naomi Osaka and Hope Powell. He delivers a powerful and inspiring message of hope for the future and a vision for change, while providing the background and history to an issue that has dogged the world for many centuries.

Through the prism of sport and conversations with its legends, the book explains how racism dehumanises people; how it works to achieve that end; how it has been ignored by history and historians; and what it is like to be treated differently just because of the colour of your skin.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781398503236
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This powerful book...recounts unsparing stories of prejudice and injustice, but the best passages are when Holding writes from the heart.' - Matt Dickinson, The Times, Sports Book of the Year

'The most important book by a sportsperson you may ever read. But calling it a sports book would not remotely do it justice... Why We Kneel, How We Rise is powerful precisely because, even after confronting the horror on a scale that makes your blood boil, it tells us that there is still, and always will be, hope.' - Nakul Pande, The Cricketer

'[A] meticulously researched jeremiad, which details centuries of prejudice.' - Simon Kuper and Murad Ahmed, The Financial Times, Sports Books of the Year

'Shocking and at times difficult to read... The relentless accrual of detail tracks a process of dehumanisation of the black race...and it presents an inarguable case. Holding and his co-writer Ed Hawkins have taken a vast and complex subject and made it human.' - Jon Hotten, Wisden Cricket Monthly

'This amazing book' - Chris Evans

'A sober, densely researched account of racial discrimination' - The Morning Star

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“Inspiring read”

Not an easy read, but I have nothing but respect for Mikey Holding and the book captures your attention immediately. The views from various other sports stars adds to the narrative and opens eyes to what they have... More

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“A really important read from Michael Holding.”

A really important read from Michael Holding. Following on from his powerful broadcast on Sky Cricket in 2020, this book puts
It is especially effective when Holding is “in conversation” with other Black sportsmen... More

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