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Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death of Peter Roebuck

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Complex, prickly and fiercely independent, Peter Roebuck became known as a first class cricketer in England, rose to fame internationally as a writer and broadcaster and ultimately divided his time between Australia and South Africa.



His long-standing feud with one of the biggest names in the sport was as infamous as it was rancorous. He engendered a widespread and loyal fo

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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 10th 2015 by Hardie Grant Books (first published October 1st 2015)
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Brendan
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To thousands of cricket lovers around the world, Peter Roebuck was known and admired as one of the game's most erudite and informed commentators and observers; a fierce critic of incompetent officials and fearless crusader against corruption; and, formerly, as a professional cricketer of skill and achievement whom many astute judges declare was desperately unlucky never to have played Test cricket for England. But after Roebuck pleaded guilty in 1991 to a charge of common assault against three y ...more
Peter Langston
A compelling read which ultimately leaves the reader where they started but armed with more information. The research has been exhaustive and fair to all points of view. There has been no judgment to colour the evidence of all parties but where reservation exists, it has been explained. Lane and Cartledge have captured the essence of this complicated, compassionate, brilliant man but exposed his vulnerability in fairness to telling the full story. One senses the truth is obvious but if it where, ...more
Roger
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sport, cricket
What to make of a man's life when that man is careful to shield many aspects of it from his acquaintances? For Peter Roebuck, it seems from this book, had very few people he could truly call friend. Lane and Cartledge have tried - by talking to people who knew him, and by looking closely at the parts of his life where they could manage to find information - to discover what might have led him to throw himself from the window of the Southern Sun Hotel in Capetown in 2011.

The book looks at his upb
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John Mcpheat
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Kris McCracken
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A really well researched and put together book that explores the life of an incredibly private individual. Roebuck's sad and lonely death - which certainly shocked this reader at the time - prompted questions from both those around him (note that I don't say "close to him", as it is clear that perhaps nobody was at all close to him), as well as the litany of cricket fans around the world.

The premise of the piece is to try and delved beneath the tabloid headlines, rumour and innuendo and understa
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Mitchell
Very good read and analysis of a very complicated man. I think Peter was the best cricket writer of all time yet this book will let you judge just how dark, his dark side was.
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Very interesting read. A complicated and intriguing man. I wish all cricketers were this complex.
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“This is not a study undertaken lightly. A prominent man's legacy is at stake. It is an evocative tale of a spectacular and ultimately tragic life; and, as Roebuck himself reminded us on the occasion of the death of young Ben Hollioake, 'Mere death does not bestow nobility, let alone sanctity'.” 0 likes
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