It is 1891 when Morris and David, both young teenagers, arrive in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. With neither family nor friends, they decide to try their hands in the cigarette business, the only thing they know. 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 offers protection from the dangers of wild animals that they never even knew existed. With the solid grounding their parents instilled in them during their upbringing, the boys learn to adapt and accept Africa's ways.
This book brings to the listener an uncommon understanding of a hand spread of vital and discrete subjects of life, which are often easily defined and approached by the general understanding available in the common social space. The definitions of these various subjects of life and entrepreneurship, such as opportunity, capital, focus, etc., which are highlighted in this book, have evolved in deeper dimensions in our world today.
The remarkable story of the Langbourne brothers is picked up in 1893. Morris, just 17, makes the bold and risky decision to head north, deeper into Africa. Morris and his younger brother, David, thus embark on a new adventure - to set up business as traders. After walking through the African bush for three months with six wagons laden with goods and hardly a track to guide them, Morris and David stop in the settlement of KoBulawayo and build their first warehouse out of wooden poles and mud.
Jack of All Trades is about the early life of wildlife expert, fisherman, and raconteur par excellence Jack Mudd, covering his school days and early adventures in mining and construction to a major period of his seagoing days. The book provides a wonderful series of vivid descriptions, humorous incidents, and striking portraits of humanity at large in Jack's inimitable style of South African English. A true reflection of days when men were men and the lions were nervous.