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Join Dean Allen, with Michael Morris for the Launch of Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa in Cape Town

Empire War and Cricket in South Africa launch

Empire, War Zebra Press and The Book Lounge would like to invite you to the launch of Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa by Dean Allen.

The book is a biography of James Logan, the man who established Matjiesfontein and introduced cricket in South Africa. Allen will be speaking about his book with Michael Morris, assistant editor of the Cape Argus.

The launch will be at The Book Lounge at 5:30 for 6 PM on Wednesday, 15 April.

Don’t miss it!

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About the book

Cecil John Rhodes once said he had only met two creators in South Africa: himself and James Douglas Logan, the Scottish-born founder of Matjiesfontein. Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa explores in detail how Matjiesfontein was created and how Logan developed this little Karoo town into a renowned health resort, attracting the rich and famous – including the likes of South African novelist Olive Schreiner and England cricketer George Lohmann.

But above all, this is the untold story of how James Logan was instrumental in developing the game of cricket in South Africa at a time when the country was heading towards war with the British Empire.

Logan immigrated to South Africa in 1877 at the age of 19 and almost immediately began amassing a fortune through business, politics and his high-profile association with that most favoured of imperial pastimes.

In Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa, readers will learn how one of the first international cricket matches between South Africa and England took place at Matjiesfontein; explore the controversial 1901 South African cricket tour to England in the midst of the Anglo-Boer War; read the amazing story of how Logan once had the captain andmanager of England’s cricket team arrested as they boarded their ship home; and discover Logan’s close relationship with Rhodes and how their ‘shady dealings’ brought down the Premier’s first government.

Illustrated throughout with photographs and documents, Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa is a unique social and political history of the workings of the British Empire in South Africa during the late 19th century; a well-researched and fascinating biography of the man who gave us Matjiesfontein; and an entertaining and at times unbelievable story of cricket’s origins in South Africa.

About the author

Dean Allen has taught at leading universities in South Africa, Australia, Northern Ireland and his native England, and is currently a lecturer in Sports Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and a research associate at the Centre for Human Performance Sciences at Stellenbosch University. Awarded CPUT’s Researcher of the Year prize in 2013, Allen has published extensively in the areas of sport history and sociology and has presented keynote papers at conferences and events around the world.

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