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Fleeing persecution in Poland in 1879, a young Jewish family settle in England where two brothers begin work in a cigarette factory. After falling upon hard times they migrate to Ireland where the eldest brother is briefly accused of murder. Enduring poverty and scant support from their father after their mother dies, the brothers decide to take matters into their own hands and set sail for the mysterious continent of Africa. It was 1891 when Morris and David Langbourne, both young teenagers, arrived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. With neither family nor friends they decide to try their hand in the cigarette business, the only thing they new. They befriend Nguni, a large and well-muscled man of the Xhosa tribe, who leads them into the African bush to find a tobacco farming community and to offer protection from the dangers of wild animals that they never even knew existed. With the solid grounding their parents instilled in their upbringing, the boys learn to adapt and accept Africa's ways, her people and her cultures. With the help of a tobacco farmer they meet in the hinterland they discover more about the wonders of Africa's wildlife. But taking on a life filled with danger, mystery and strange customs is one thing; can they take on an international corporation and survive? Based on a true story.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 15mm | 349g
  • English
  • Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0994163002
  • 9780994163004
  • 1,027,760

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One of the best trilogies of African adventures I have read. I read everything I can get my hands on about African historical fiction and these books are amongst the best. I can't wait for the other stories to be added to these. Brilliant!
(Eric Wilson - Australia)

Anyone born in Rhodesia, in fact anyone interested in the history of Southern Africa will love Alan's books. Prepare to be homesick though! Alan describes so vividly Africa, the people, the animals and plant life we all grew up with. I personally wish I had asked my parents more about their experiences in Johannesburg, Mafeking and Bulawayo in the late 1800's. PE, East London, all places we love - fascinating references in Alan's books.
(Phil - Amazon Review)

Well written and absolutely compelling. A story that needed to be told; beautifully interwoven with history and descriptions of how the early days in South Africa and Zimbabwe unfolded.
(Lindsay Smith - Australia)

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Mr Landau, I am my school's top reader, and your books, in my opinion, are right up there (If not above) the classics.
(Scot Paris - Website Review)
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40 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 42% (17)
4 38% (15)
3 18% (7)
2 2% (1)
1 0% (0)
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