Basil D'oliveira: Cricket and Controversy

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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. show more

Book details

EAN

9780751534887

Classifications

Biography=> sport
Cricket

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

288 pages

Weight(g)

298g

Dimensions(mm)

202 x 129 x 21

Publication date

2005-04-07

Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

EAN 9780751534887
Classification Biography=> sport
Cricket
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 288 pages
Weight(g) 298g
Dimensions(mm) 202 x 129 x 21
Publication date 2005-04-07
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United Kingdom
Language: English

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