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Basil D'oliveira By Peter Oborne

Basil D'oliveira by Peter Oborne

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* Controversial and revelatory biography of the South African-born cricketer who played for England and was banned from touring his native country

Basil D'oliveira Summary

Basil D'oliveira: Cricket and Controversy by Peter Oborne

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.

Basil D'oliveira Reviews

It is an inspirational story and one which never fails to move this reader * Michael Parkinson, DAILY TELEGRAPH *
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 *

About Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne is the highly-regarded Political Columnist of the Spectator and contributes widely to current affairs programmes on radio and TV.

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Basil D'oliveira: Cricket and Controversy by Peter Oborne
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
Winner of Yorkshire Post Award 2005 (UK) Winner of British Sports Book Awards 2005 (UK) Winner of William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2004 (UK)
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