Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches: The Controversial South African Tour of 1970

December 10, 2020
Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches: The Controversial South African Tour of 1970

Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches is the compellingstory of a cricket tour framed in a landscape of turbulent socialhistory. Cricket, England's gentle summer game, was shaken to itscore by demonstrations, strikes, arrests and violence amid growingglobal disgust at apartheid, ahead of South Africa's planned 1970tour. The battle to stop and then to save the tour split thenation, drove a wedge between the generations and destroyedfriendships in an uncanny foreshadowing of Brexit.Fifty years on, acclaimed author and social historian Dr ColinShindler has delved deep into the MCC archives for new informationand gained exclusive interviews with key players of the time.Alongside the views of cricketers Mike Brearley and Ray Illingworthare the opinions of Labour politician Peter Hain, who was chairmanof the Stop The Seventy Tour campaign.Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches brings you the full untoldstory of one of cricket's biggest controversies - the significanceof which reaches far beyond the realm of sport.