Born in Somerset in the West Country of England, Dr Dean Allen’s long association with South Africa began in the mid-1990s when he began his studies at the prestigious Stellenbosch University. An accomplished and entertaining public speaker, Dean has presented his unique blend of story-telling and history at events around the world.
Until recently a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University in the UK, he has over the past decade taught at Universities in South Africa, Australia, Northern Ireland and England and is widely published in the areas of sports history and sociology. His award-nominated book Empire, War and Cricket is published by Penguin Random House and a best-seller in South Africa.
Cecil Rhodes is on record for saying he met only two creators in South Africa, one being himself and the other James Douglas Logan. Born in Reston, Scotland in 1857, Logan emigrated to South Africa at the age of nineteen. Based upon years of research, and using original archive material, Dr Allen’s fascinating book explores how James Logan made his fortune in nineteenth-century South Africa through business, politics and a high profile association with the British Empire’s favourite sport – cricket. 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 South African novelist Olive Schreiner and England cricketer George Lohmann.
Join author and historian Dean Allen, the ‘man who brings history to life’ on a unique journey back in time to the height of the British Empire and the opulence of the Victorian era in the beautiful surroundings of the South African Karoo. In the Hex River Valley at Matjiesfontein, stay in the character-filled Lord Milner Hotel and with Dean learn the intricacies of this fascinating treasure.