Meticulously researched, well written, lavishly illustrated and insightful, Empire, War & Cricket is a triumphant debut for academic and sports-lover Dr Dean Allen.
Few of us know just how the British Empire wove the cult of cricket, the grasp of colonialism and the cut and thrust of Cape parliamentary politics into one incredible matrix that served the top dogs of society and, ultimately, Queen Victoria herself. Read how Cecil John Rhodes, Jimmy Logan and the gang went about bringing cricket and British culture to a frontier country – one deal, one match at a time.
This book has a research index as long as your arm, but still manages to be a page-turner, thanks to the wordsmanship of Dean Allen. And that makes it even more special. History buffs, conspiracy theorists, cricket fans and Africana collectors will go for this one.
Author: Dean Allen
Publisher: Zebra Press
Reviewer: Chris Marais