Gaurav Bhalla's The Curse and the Cup is a tragic story of black cricketers, a wife and mother's fury, and one young man's determination to claim his rightful place on the cricket pitch and the world stage. A brilliant book that is sure to entertain and amaze.
-- Robert Myers, Author, Playwright, Educator (over 15 plays on politics and race)
The Curse and the Cup is a remarkable multi-generational saga about the Lingani family and Mama Nonkosi's curse that has until now prevented the Proteas from winning the World Cup. Will the writer—like a modern-day songoma—finally, in telling this story, lift this curse?
-- Professor Andre Odendaal, CEO Cape Cobras, Author of The Story of an African Game
An outstandingly original novel, The Curse and the Cup takes the simple reality of South Africa's inexplicable failure to win any major global tournaments and casts a spell upon it. There is no cliched lap of honor here, just an engaging voyage of discovery.
-- Mark Nicholas, Journalist, Commentator, and former Hampshire Captain