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Charles Thurley Stoneham Books

Charles Thurley Stoneham (1895 - c.1965) was an author, big game hunter and naturalist. Born in India, educated in England, ran away, aged 17, to North America. He returned to England in 1915 and signed up for military service and was shipped to British East Africa. After the war, he settled in Laikipia, Kenya where he had a butcher's shop in Nanyuki. In 1920, he ran a safari outfit business and in 1930, he and his wife, Babs, moved to Capetown. During 2nd World War, he returned to England after which he returned to Kenya. In 1963, he moved back to South Africa and in 1965, he died in Transvaal.

The vast wildernesses and game of East Africa were a huge influence on his writing. He was a prolific writer of non-fiction, novels and short stories, occasionally under the pen-name of Norgrove Thurley.

Charles Thurley Stoneham
Charles Thurley Stoneham

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Big Stuff: The Lure Of Big Game

Big Stuff: The Lure Of Big Game: African Big Game And It's Hunters by C T Stoneham (1954) is a classic account of big-game hunting by a hunter-naturalist whose experience of wild Africa dates from the early part of the century..


Wanderings In Wild Africa

Wanderings In Wild Africa by C T Stoneham (1932) is Stoneham's experiences on five safaris, as well as practical information on how to hunt big-game and organize an expedition.


Hunting Wild Beasts With Rifle And Camera

Hunting Wild Beasts With Rifle And Camera by C T Stoneham (1933) is about hunting and photography in Africa and also in India and Canada.


Africa All Over - Trading, Hunting and Transport

Africa All Over: Trading, Hunting and Transport by C T Stoneham (1934) are early reminiscences by a skilled observer. Lots of hunting and gold-prospecting yarns and adventures in Kenya from the early 1920s.


Siwane's Cave

Siwane's Cave by C T Stoneham (1944)


Game: Track And Rifle

Game: Track And Rifle by C T Stoneham (1947)


Mau Mau

Mau Mau by C T Stoneham (1953) is a fascinating and informative background to the Mau Mau insurrection which took place in Kenya in the 1950s.


Out Of Barbarism

Out Of Barbarism by C T Stoneham (1955) is a study of the political and social conditions in Kenya


From Hobo To Hunter

From Hobo To Hunter by C T Stoneham (1956) is Stoneham's autobiography. "Actor, hobo, navvy, lumberjack, barber, waiter, soldier, white hunter, Stoneham was each in turn."


Killers And Their Prey

Killers And Their Prey by C T Stoneham (1933) is a collection of short stories about big game hunting in Africa that includes 'The Bear of the Nandi', a fantastic tale of an encounter with a pack of ferocious beasts (a sort of cross between a bear and a hyena) whose thick hide cannot be penetrated by big game rifle bullets.


The Lion's Way

The Lion's Way by C T Stoneham (1931) is a novel about a child reared by a lioness in the African jungle, based on the author's big-game experience.


Shaitan: A Dog Gone Wild by C T Stoneham (1931) is an exceptionally scarce story of a wild Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound crossbreed in Africa.

Kaspa The Lion Man

Kaspa The Lion Man by C T Stoneham (1931) is a sequel to 'The Lion's Way'. A scarce Tarzan imitation which was made into a film in 1933 starring Buster Crabbe under the title 'King of the Jungle'.


Elephant Brother: A Romance Of Africa by C T Stoneham (1934) is a novel which was originally serialised in the Daily Mail newspaper.

The Hareem of Shayk Azan by C T Stoneham (1935) is a novel set among Arabs of the East African coast in the 16th century.

Black Coetzee by C T Stoneham (1937)

The Brotherhood Of The Hunted

The Brotherhood Of The Hunted by C T Stoneham (1945) is the story of Bunce, a Berkshire pig who is set free from a farm in East Africa and quite literally goes wild. Numerous adventures ensue where Bunce is at times accompanied by a warthog, a bush pig and a giant forest pig. Predators abound as Bunce makes his way through the vividly described African wilderness that becomes his home.


The Desert Brand by Norgrove Thurley (1945) which was C T Stoneham's pseudonym.

Trek And Campfire

Trek And Campfire by C T Stoneham (1946) is the gripping adventures of young Jack, who becomes the pupil and partner of an old hand at jungle life, leading to them travelling the wild trails, overcoming huge obstacles, and defending themselves against ferocious beasts.


Lonely Water by Norgrove Thurley (1948) which was C T Stoneham's pseudonym.

Knight Of The Woods

Knight Of The Woods by C T Stoneham (1949) is the story of Squab the bantam cock and his many adventures.


Death For Dollars by Norgrove Thurley (1951) is a mystery thriller with a transatlantic flavour. Published under the pseudonym of Norgrove Thurley.

Murder Strikes North

Murder Strikes North by Norgrove Thurley (1951) which was C T Stoneham's pseudonym.


The Dongoi Killer

The Dongoi Killer by C T Stoneham (1952) is a dramatic tale about the hunting of a rogue elephant


Slaughter On Branding by Norgrove Thurley (1952) which was C T Stoneham's pseudonym.

Kenya Mystery by C T Stoneham (1952) is a novel about the murder of a hunter in Kenya by one who lived there over 20 years.

Bamboo Elephants

Bamboo Elephants by Norgrove Thurley (1956) is an exciting novel of life in the African wilds and a mystery which holds the reader's interest to the last.


Adventure For Wealth

Adventure For Wealth by C T Stoneham (1957)


Giants Of Darkness by Norgrove Thurley (1957)

The Prowling Terror

The Prowling Terror by C T Stoneham (1957) is a novel about a pair of man-eating lions hunted whose kills were numbered by the score.


Rogues In The Forest

Rogues In The Forest by C T Stoneham (1958)


The Treacherous Border

The Treacherous Border by Norgrove Thurley (1958)




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