"So it is when old friends meet,
The stories must be told."
The year is 1891, and two young boys (aged only 15 and 16) escape the poverty, cold and hunger of Ireland to find a new life in South Africa.
Without friend or family at their destination, they start a tobacco business and learn to adapt to the way of life, the cultures and wildlife of a very new and strange world.
The Langbourne series is based on a true story.
It is 1898 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, and the Langbourne brothers’ business is maturing, and so are the boys.
Morris decides the time is right for them to expand the business into Europe and he leaves his younger siblings to grow the African operation while he returns to his homeland in Ireland.
But, Africa works in her mysterious ways; good plans are always put to the test, and this is no exception for the Langbourne brothers.
Based on the true story of the Langbourne brothers.
It's now 1893. After selling their tobacco business, Morris and David set off to open a business as general traders north of the Limpopo River, at a settlement called Bulawayo, in a new country called Rhodesia.
With unbelievable courage, these two boys risk their lives to walk northwards into the African bush for three months.
What they don't know is that tensions are rising between the Matabele nation and the European settlers.
Early 1900, and the Anglo Boer War is almost over, or so everyone thinks.
It is also a time for joy, marriages and family, but also sorrow and sadness.
The early years of 1900 bring opportunities for prosperity, and in true Langbourne style, they take risks and knuckle down to capitalise on them.
But to do this, loyalty is paramount, and it comes in all sorts of ways, and from some very unexpected quarters.
Based on a true story, the Langbourne legend continues.
1894 - 1897. After losing almost everything in the Matabele rebellion, the brothers begin to rebuild their devastated business. With Morris' sharp brain, and David's limitless energy, they begin in earnest, taking massive risks. But no one could have seen plague, drought, disease and war on the horizon.
However, these are the Langbourne brothers, and they will not be beaten!
Based on a true story.
The final book in the Langbourne Series.
Nguni pays David a surprise visit on his back verandah. It has been decades since they last met. Over a pot of tea, the old friends reminisce over their past. They are older men now.
Sharing sadness and grief, along with laughter and joy, the men talk well into the late afternoon.
The stories told are a joy for these two old buffaloes.
Based on a true story, this book has a bonus chapter at the end that gives a brief overview of the real brothers.
About the Author
Alan Landau was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) in 1959.
In 1978 he joined the British South Africa Police (formally the BSAC). At that time Rhodesia was entangled in a civil war that ended in 1980. After serving in the new Zimbabwe Republic Police for a short time, Alan retired to enter the commercial world.
Alan worked in Zimbabwe’s widely known tobacco industry for five years before joining his father and ultimately taking over the family business when his father retired to the UK. Later on, Alan was involved in the travel, tourism, hotel, property, financial, and retail sectors. His service to his community took the form of Rotary International with a committed focus on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
Having migrated to Brisbane, Australia, in 2001, Alan bought a franchise in the retail sector, which he successfully ran with his late wife and two children. In 2012 he sold the business and went into semi-retirement. He now pursues his hobbies of writing, travelling, wildlife safaris and ornithology with his wife, Sharon.
Foreword for 'Langbourne':
(We thought we would add in Alan's foreword for his first book as it will give the reader an idea as to why he wrote it.)
My late father and grandfather would relate stories to me about the two brothers in this book. They knew them personally, albeit my
father being just a young boy at the time. Some of these stories were somewhat farfetched (as far as I was concerned) but I listened to them
in awe all the same.
Some years after they had passed away I was relating one of these stories to my children, and they suggested I write a book about it, so
I set about researching these events to see if they really did in fact happen – and the more I discovered, the more fascinated I became
with Morris and David Langbourne’s life story.
Many of the events depicted in this book are true, and can be independently researched. There are some incidents that I obviously
cannot verify, so I resorted to a little imagination to allow the story to flow in a way that I believe would have allowed certain known
facts to eventuate. I hope my readers will forgive me for some of the inaccuracies.
I find it sad to think that a story of this magnitude could so easily have slipped into historical oblivion, and therefore it is my hope that
this book will piece their stories together and bring their incredible life into the light of day for my readers to enjoy.
Speaking Engagements, News and Events:
Harare, Zimbabwe - 26th February 2019 Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm
The Jam Tree,
Mount Pleasant Sports Club
40 Bargate Road, Mount Pleasant
Contact Alison : 071 262 2884 (Bookings Essential)
Cape Town - 3rd April 2019 Time: 6:00pm
Jacob Gitlin Library
88 Hatfield Street
Tel: 021 462 5088
Durban, South Africa - 20th May 2019 Time: 7:00pm
Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre
All four books in the Langbourne Trilogy are also available.
Superbly narrated by Adrian Galley and produced by Devon Martindale of AudioShelf, these audio books will keep you entertained for hours!