McRae joins The Guardian's team of sports writers

Exiled South African writer Donald McRae has been taken on by The Guardian to do its big-name sport interviews.

McRae, who was born in South Africa, taught English literature in Soweto for two years before he was forced to leave the country in 1984 for refusing to be conscripted to serve in the army during the apartheid era.

He settled in London and has written for various titles as a freelance, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The New York Times, The Observer Sport Monthly, the Sunday Herald and Esquire.

McRae has written four books: Nothing Personal (1992), Dark Trade (1996), Winter Colours (1998) and In Black & White (2002). He is the only two-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

McRae said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the paper. The Guardian’s team of sports writers is one of the most impressive in the industry and I’m delighted to be among them.”

By Dominic Ponsford

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