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Blood, Sweat and Treason : My Story Paperback – 1 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: VISION SPORTS PUBLISHING; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190763729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907637292
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
For those of us - most of us - who endanger life and property every time we throw a ball or swing a golf club, Henry Olonga is that supremely frustrating of creatures, the all-round sportsman. Who's that up front in the 100m sprint? Henry, taking the honours with style. Match winning tries by the handful for the First XV? That must be Henry. Thirteen Overs, Five Maidens, Eight for Seventeen? And just to rub it in, 103 Not Out in reply? Olonga again, this time as captain of his senior school XI against an English touring team. Not only that, he sings, acts, and paints as well. Anyone know an affordable assassin?

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".
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book off the back of seeing Henry Olonga interviewed on TV last month. To be honest, although I am a sports fan, I am not particularly a fan of cricket, but I was struck by hearing this articulate sportsman speak of his stand against government oppression in his homeland of Zimbabwe during the cricket World Cup.
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".
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Format: Hardcover
I heard Henry speak at a function a few months ago, basically giving a shortened version of his life-story.

He is truly inspiring, and a remarkable man.

BUY THIS BOOK - you won't be disappointed.
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After seeing a clip of Henry Olonga singing I was interested in reading about his life and Christian faith. This was an enjoyable and informative read. I enjoy watching cricket and his cricketing career was amazing.His problems in Zimbabwe are clearly explained.
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I bought this book because I had heard Henry speak at a church dinner. He was an entertaining speaker and engaging personality and I wanted to know more about his faith and his courageous stand against Robert Mugabe. There are certainly parts of this book that are quite exciting and there is some description of the terrible state of his country but while an easy read the fact is that most of Henry's life is just not that fascinating unless you happen to be interested in the sporting career of a moderately successful Zimbabwean cricketer - and I am not. For much of the book his Christian faith is invisible and I would have liked more on what life in Zimbabwe was like. Perhaps for much of the time for Henry it was not actually that different to life anywhere else. In summary, OK if you like cricket, otherwise of genuine but rather limited interest.
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The book is the most fantastic, gripping tale of a man who braved the elements and got to the top of international cricket. This however is not the special part, it is the courage that he showed for standing up for what is right where no man would.
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.
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The book was a really good intresting read, But unfortunately i read the book after my husband and it just fell apart a lot of the front pages fell out and then the front cover just came completely off, I was disappointed with this as i thought a book should be able to cope with more than one read i would have liked to keep the book but i had to just throw it in the bin.
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