David Poole: A Life Blighted by Apartheid


  • Author Name: Richard Glasstone
  • Publication Date: 28/10/2018
  • Format: Paperback

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This book chronicles the notorious Race Laws promulgated in 1948 by the South African government, obliging adult citizens to be classified as white, coloured, Indian or black and accordingly restricting them as to where they could live and where they could study or be employed. 

The book focuses people (who had earlier been segmented) who nevertheless enjoyed successful careers in Britain, such as David Poole and Johaar Mosaval, with the Royal Ballet Company or Basil D’Oliviera, the cricketer, with the MCC. 

Richard Glasstone lives in London. After graduating from Cape Town University in South Africa, Glasstone lectured there in dance history. He went on to enjoy a successful international career as a professional dancer and choreographer, culminating in a four-year period as a resident choreographer to the Turkish State Ballet Company. Richard later served for 15 years as senior teacher for boys and director of choreographic studies at The Royal Ballet School. He was then awarded the MBE for services to British ballet in 2013. 

Richard says “having lived through parts of the apartheid era in South Africa and having known several of the people affected I think it’s important for people to remember the facts of this tragedy”.

This book spans several decades, from the promulgation of South Africa’s race laws through to the release from prison of Nelson Mandela and the subsequent dawn of the New South Africa. It will appeal to those interested in cultural and African history, and the arts. 


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