Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck
- Cricket Book of the Year – Winner
This is the revealing story of a man who was an enigma: a cricketer, cricket commentator and philanthropist who had it all, then died tragically.
Part biography, part personal reflection and part investigation, Chasing Shadows celebrates Roebuck’s immense achievements as a player, captain, writer, broadcaster and philanthropist, but doesn’t shy away from the controversies that plagued his life or the uncertainty surrounding his shocking death. Investigations by the authors have uncovered details previously unknown to the public, while some of the cricket world’s giants have volunteered due praise – and criticism – for this remarkable, tragic figure.
Tim Lane and co-author Elliot Cartledge 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 Viv Richards, gained adulation throughout the world 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 features in its telling the likes of Viv Richards, Ian Chappell, Mark Nicholas, Steve Waugh, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Kerry O’Keefe, Martin Crowe, Mike Coward, Jim Maxwell and many others.