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Basil D'Oliviera : cricket and conspiracy

By: Oborne, Peter

0751534889 / 9780751534887
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United Kingdom
20 cm xii, 274 p., [8] p, of plates : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2004.

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.


BGS Biography: sport, WSJC Cricket


W 2005 British Sports Book Awards: Biography
W 2005 WHSmith Sports Book of the Year Award

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