Donald McRae (author)

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Donald McRae (born 1961) is a South African writer.[1]

Born in Germiston in 1961, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1984.

McRae is noted as the only two-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award with Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing in 1996 and In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens in 2002.[2] His other works include Every Second Counts: the Race to Transplant the First Human Heart (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2006), The Great Trials of Clarence Darrow: The Landmark Cases of Leopold and Loeb, John T. Scopes, and Ossian Sweet, published in 2009, A Man’s World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith (Simon & Schuster, 2015), Steven Gerrard: My Story (Joseph/Penguin, 2015),[3] and In Sunshine Or In Shadow: How Boxing Brought Hope In The Troubles.[4]


  1. ^ Jarlath Regan (21 July 2019). "How Boxing Brought Hope In The Troubles - Donald McRae". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (305 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (26 November 2002). "McRae wins sports book prize for second time". The Independent. London. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  3. ^ "".
  4. ^ "From apartheid to the Ardoyne, McRae still telling life's most interesting tales". The Irish Times. 17 June 2019.
Preceded by
Laura Hillenbrand
William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner
Succeeded by
Tom Bower
Preceded by
John Feinstein
William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner
Succeeded by
Simon Hughes