After Robert Ruark (1915 - 1965) began to gain success as a writer, he decided that it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream to go on safari to Africa. Ker and Downey Safaris booked him with Harry Selby, and Ruark began his love affair with Africa. He also hunted at times with another professional hunter, Frank Bowman.
Grenadine Etching by Robert Ruark (1947) was his first novel.
I Didn't Know It was Loaded by Robert Ruark (1948) is a fascinating collection of articles, stories, thoughts and diatribes.
One For The Road by Robert Ruark (1949)
Grenadine's Spawn by Robert Ruark (1952)
Horn Of The Hunter: The Story Of An African Safari by Robert Ruark (1953). In this book Ruark shares with you the ferocity of the wounded buffalo - no book will give you the "feel" of Africa like this one.
Something Of Value by Robert Ruark (1955). It was Ruark's personal knowledge and experiences on safari in Africa led to this novel about the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya.
The Old Man And The Boy by Robert Ruark (1957) is a tale of that special relationship between a grandfather and grandson.
Poor No More by Robert Ruark (1959) is a rags-to-riches saga set in the US and Europe.
Honey Badger by Robert Ruark (1965) was his last book, published posthumously. It is the story of an author from when he's in college until he dies.
Use Enough Gun: On Big Game Hunting by Robert Ruark (1966) was published posthumously and is a collection of segments from his earlier works.
Women by Robert Ruark (1967) is his irreverent, enlightening and outrageous view of women in general and women in particular in his life.
Robert Ruark's Africa by Michael McIntosh (1991) spans the years from Ruark's first safari to a story published just two months before he died.
Lost Classics by Jim Casada (1996) is a collection of magazine stories that Ruark wrote in the 1950s and 1960s but were never published in book form.
A View From A Tall Hill by Terry Wieland (2004) is not a biography of Ruark but a book about Ruark.
Someone Of Value: A Biography of Robert Ruark by Hugh Foster (1991)
Ruark Remembered by Alan Ritchie (2007). Ritchie understood the troubled, talented writer and he leaves us an insightful record of his employer.
Click here to buy the 1954 movie Africa Adventure - Robert Ruark - Safari Hunting in DVD.
Filmed in 1954. Narrated and featuring Robert Ruark. Harry Selby and Andrew Holmberg guide Ruark to a 110 pound elephant. Black rhino, leopard and a huge 49" buffalo are taken as well as other species. This film was shot in black and white and is excellent for it's day but is not the same quality as modern high definition cameras. It is a rare chance to see what a safari in British East Africa was like during this era.