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From the Publisher"Jack Williams is a fine historian. His reputation is deservedly high. His subject, one all too frequently disregarded or dismissed in cricket, could not be more appropriate ... This challenging, disturbing and stimulating appraisal deserves to be widely read." —The Jourbanal of the Cricket Society
"I have always been more than a little suspicious of those who have attempted over issues like the infamous Basil D’Oliveira affair in 1970, to disguise the link between cricket, politics and race. Jack Williams’ book should put an end to this hypocritical nonsense for once and for all. The author reminds us that Lord Rosebery made the connection very early on in his observations about the Empire and that cricketers from Duleepsinhji to Constantine to Worrell were aware of it.
Reading again the account of how the 1970 South African tour was forcibly cancelled and the entirely bogus, though in a few exceptional cases, well-intentioned views of those who supported the tour, reminded me of how far we have come. The book is brilliantly researched and must be read by all those who really love the game." —Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE
"Very little has been published on cricket and racism ... this book is a brave and intelligent attempt to fill the gap ... An eye-opening treatise that deserves to be in every cricket library ... I am glad that I read it." —Christopher Ondaatje, Times Higher Education Supplement
"Jack Williams writes from within the world of cricket and cricketers, and from a deep commitment to racial justice. His research has been exhaustive. He quotes fairly those with whom he disagrees. I welcome the challenge that Cricket and Race presents to all of us to question racist attitudes that we may still harbour at every level from Club Cricket to Test Cricket." —David Sheppard, Rt Rev Lord Sheppard of Liverpool
"Jack William's Cricket and Race is a welcome exploration of one of the most fascinating areas of the imperial game ... Williams makes a valuable addition to this ongoing debate, while also offering a fresh approach to the surprisingly understudied historical area of race and racism in British sport." —Jourbanal of Contemporary History