Blood, Sweat and Treason : My Story Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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"There are men who should be tied to a stake and forced to read Henry Olonga's book... men of whom Olonga has more courage, decency, idealism and integrity in one finger of his bowling hand..." Wisden Cricketer "An eloquent and graphic account... he is a remarkable character." Daily Mail "It's a tale of heroism, pure and simple." The Spectator "Truly gripping... an amazing tale." Sport Magazine "One of the most compelling stories I have ever read." CricketWeb
About the Author
Henry Olonga was Zimbabwe's first black cricketer and the youngest ever player to represent his country at international level. A fast bowler, he made his test debut aged 18 years old against Pakistan in 1995 and recorded career best figures of 5 for 70 against India in 1998. Following his black armband protest in 2003 he settled in England where he worked for Channel 4 and BBC's Test Match Special and played for the Lashings World XI cricket team. Since then he has embarked on careers in art, cinematography, public speaking and music.See all Product Description
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He is not the only one, of course. The sports pages are filled with stories of first class cricketers who play scratch golf, athletes who have to make an agonising choice between top flight rugby and top league football, runners who swim, swimmers who sprint. What marks Henry out, and has no doubt saved him from that assassin, is that it hasn't gone to his head. Anyone who has met him will confirm that he is modest, grounded, honest, and generous. Oh, and funny into the bargain. Quite an achievement, considering what he has been through.
This book tells the story of Olonga's journey through the world of Zimbabwean sport, where everything is political, and where the politicians are world class b......s. From all-round sporting excellence at school, he chose cricket as the sport in which he hoped to make his living. A difficult decision, since even fifteen years after independence, cricket would not have been the natural choice for a young black man. The entire national team was white, as were many of the administrators. There still existed in that senior generation, if not apartheid, a certain "apartness".Read more ›
The book does focus on much more than the event for which Henry has become known - everything is covered - love, friendship, faith, conflict, and of course cricket before finally focusing on Henry's decision to play in a black armband in protest about what was going on in his country.
I did wonder whether not being a cricket fan would mean that my interest throughout the book would wane, but it didn't at all. I felt as though I was getting to know who this man was (and he does highlight what he believes to be his own shortcomings throughout as well as his strengths, which is refreshing).
I would recommend buying this book - whether you are a sports fan or not. You will find yourself encouraged that there are people who take seriously what was said that "all that is needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing".
He is truly inspiring, and a remarkable man.
BUY THIS BOOK - you won't be disappointed.
A compelling tale of a man who risked everything to gain nothing other than the fact that he new that stood up for what is right, and did not let evil stand without trial in his beloved Zimbabwe.
Brilliant book, I would recommend it to anyone, not just cricket lovers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read and not just for cricket followers. Henry provides insight into the autocratic rule in Zimbabwe and his principled opposition to the one party state. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terence Frost
Henry Olonga’s protest against the Mugabe regime in his own country, Zimbabwe, effectively ended his international cricket career. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sport Nut
This is a good book and not just from a cricketing perspective. Olonga explains a lot about Mugabe and Zimbabwe's history. James.Published 16 months ago by James Minifie
You don't need to be a cricket fan to enjoy this book. A captivating story, an easy read with an important messagePublished 16 months ago by Sally Jayne Davies
Good read, the man's a hero to stand up to a dictator like Mugabe who has ruined a lovely country.Published on 2 April 2014 by John Martin
A superb book. Why was it only *long*listed for a prize? One can only hope that there will soon be a Zimbabwe that can welcome home one of its finest sons.Published on 15 July 2013 by Mr A Sommerstein
Thoroughly good read. Henry relates his childhood, sport, faith and stand against Mugabe's regime in a very readable way. Highly recommend it.Published on 10 April 2013 by J. Paul Mashinter
This is a very good book and informative. Having met and spoken to Henry I found the detail true and most enlightening. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2013 by John Hatcliffe