Rich Parry


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It's the turbulent history of cricket and society in South Africa in this episode of the Sport in History Podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research. This week Geoff talks to the cricket historian and previous podcast guest Dr Richard Parry. Rich - as he's known to friends - talks at a live event about his latest book, 'Too Black to Wear Whites', which is a pioneering biography of the black fast bowler Krom Hendricks. In his day Hendricks was the best bowler in the world but never got the chance to play cricket for his country due to the racist colonial government then operating in South Africa. The event was kindly hosted by the London bookshop All Good Bookshop with Jawaid Luqwani acting as host. Dr Richard Parry left South Africa during his student years in the 1970s as a conscientious objector against the racist apartheid state and completed a Masters at Queen’s University, Canada which examined the role of Cecil Rhodes in the development of a segregated society on the Cape. His subsequent PhD at Queen’s examined black worker resistance to colonial power in Rhodesia. While working as a civil servant in the UK and for the OECD in Paris he has continued to write history which combines his love of cricket with his established interest in the resistance to colonialism in Africa.

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