Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck

Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1743790120

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Part biography, part personal reflection and part investigation, Chasing Shadows: The Life And Death Of Peter Roebuck will celebrate Roebuck's immense achievements as a player, captain, writer, broadcaster and philanthropist, but not shy away from the controversies that plagued his life and hang so darkly and with such uncertainty over his shocking death. Initial investigations have already uncovered details previously unknown to the public, while some of the cricket world's giant figures have volunteered due praise - and criticism - for this remarkable figure. Tim Lane and co-author Elliot Cartledge will explore the 'Roebuck phenomenon', how this seemingly awkward and eccentric intellectual giant became, briefly, an English cricket captain, was embroiled in a long-standing feud with the likes of Ian Botham and Viv Richards, gained adulation throughout the sub-continent and Australasia and established what was essentially a homespun charity to put scores of impoverished Africans through secondary schooling and university. Along with the recollections and revelations of colleague and confidante Tim Lane, the book will feature in its telling the likes of Ian Botham, Viv Richards, Ian Chappell, Mark Nicholas, Steve Waugh, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Kerry O'Keefe, Martin Crowe, Mike Coward, Jim Maxwell and many others, including members of the Roebuck family. "The book has one supreme quality: it is fair-minded" - Martin Flanagan, Sydney Morning Herald "This first-class work of investigative reporting tracks down key figures who shed crucial light on Roebuck's life, while resisting pat conclusions." - Steven Carroll, Canberra Times "This tantalising kaleidoscope of a book, which honours the complexity of the man while rigorously pursuing the truth." - Steven Carroll, Canberra Times "There could be no more difficult person to interperet" - Tim Lane, Sunday Age

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COUNTY IN CRISIS ‘It was obvious that any captain agreeing to the release from his squad of two, eventually three, such popular and gifted champions was signing his own death warrant.’ – SOMETIMES I FORGOT TO LAUGH, 2004 There he stood, a bespectacled and angular figure leaning against a doorframe, seemingly unmoved. Typically apart, Roebuck was witness to the pitch and sway of arguments that would make or break an impasse that had rapidly become a conflagration. In excess of 3000 members

wrote about the English team, of which I was a part, there was an undercurrent of dissatisfaction,’ says Atherton, who came to the view that Roebuck suffered a form of global identity crisis. ‘Part of that, I felt, was because of his relationship with England. It didn’t seem like a straightforward relationship to me. He quickly picked up an Australian accent and referred to us as “Poms”.’ This view of Roebuck – the disenchanted Brit who could barely find a kind word to say about England – was

tell me what you’re talking about.” ‘He finally said, “I love you, I’ve been meaning to tell you this,” and he was hugging me and pulling me to his chest. I think he was ready that day to have sex with me because Andrew and Larika were going to be away for a while. So I just had to stand up and say, “It’s not my thing, I don’t do that kind of thing, I’m sorry.” He looked devastated and said “Captain, are you sure?” and I said “Yes, I’m positive, I can’t do this.” And he said “Do you need time to

Some could not resist the opportunity to sink the boot, for he was nothing if not an easy target for those who may have received more than an ounce of Roebuck’s withering tongue. ‘Facts rarely featured in his work,’ wrote sports journalist Paul Newman in the Daily Mail a mere twenty-four hours after the news broke. More typical were the tributes and obituaries attempting to convey a sense of loss of a noteworthy figure, and to unravel the enigma. For his friends and those who knew him well, the

remained to the end. ‘I’ve known one or two people in cricket where I’ve felt they may not see life out to its ultimate long-lived conclusion and I felt a bit like that with Peter,’ says Michael Atherton. A common thread was a disquieted soul and his bleak, numbered, dark, angst-ridden days. ‘And I thought about this when he died,’ says Marks, ‘the way he had been painted by many well-meaning writers, but that’s not particularly my memory – he was obviously different and incredibly bright, in

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