The books listed here are the latest additions to the Shakari Connection Bookshelf. In no particular order, there are books on African hunting, African exploration, hunting firearms and more. All the books newly added to the website will be listed on this page before going into their various categories and into the author index.
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Alice Bron was a nurse from an early age, assisting in the care for the wounded of the Franco-Prussian War. She later joined the staff of an ambulance sent out to South Africa by the Dutch and Belgian Red Cross. She worked in the war zone caring for primarily Boer wounded and sick until 1900 when she was recalled to Europe upon the sudden death of her husband. After settling her affairs she returned to Africa, volunteering to serve as a nursing sister caring primarily for British sick and wounded.
Reverend Samuel Shaw Dornan (1871 - 1941) was a British Presbyterian missionary, geologist and anthropologist. He went to South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902). He later joined the Paris Evangelical Mission in Basutoland (now Lesotho) where in addition to his missionary work he studied the customs and languages of the indigenous people and surveyed the geology of parts of the country for the government.
Pygmies And Bushmen Of The Kalahari by S S Dornan (1925) is "An Account of the Hunting Tribes Inhabiting the Great Arid Plateau of the Kalahari Desert, Their Precarious Manner of Living, Their Habits, Customs & Beliefs, with Some Reference to Bushman Art, Both Early & of Recent". The book includes topics such as prehistoric man in the Kalahari, Hottentot and Bushmen languages, divination totemism, paintings and chippings, the cult of the witch-doctor and the Sechuana language.
Dr Heinrich Brode (1874 - 1936) was a German lawyer who also studied Swahili and Arabic languages. In 1898 he joined the foreign service and was assigned to the Zanzibar consulate. Between 1904 and 1910 Heinrich Brode was alternately administrator of the Mombassa and Zanzibar consulates.
Tippu Tip, or Tib (1832 – 1905), real name Hamad bin Muhammad bin Juma bin Rajab el Murjebi, was a Swahili-Zanzibari slave trader, ivory trader, explorer, plantation owner and governor who worked for a succession of the sultans of Zanzibar. As part of his lucrative ivory trade, he led many trading expeditions into Central Africa by constructing profitable trading posts.
He met and helped several famous western explorers of the African continent, including David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley. Between 1884 and 1887 he claimed the Eastern Congo for himself and for the Sultan of Zanzibar. In early 1887, Stanley arrived in Zanzibar and proposed that Tippu Tip be made governor of the Stanley Falls District in the Congo Free State, which Tippo Tip accepted. At the same time, he also agreed to man the expedition which Stanley had been commissioned to organize to rescue Emin Pasha who had been stranded in the Bahr el Ghazal area as a result of the Mahdist uprising in Sudan.
Tippoo Tib: The Story Of His Career In Central Africa by H Brode (1907) translated from Arabic by H Havelock. This is the story of Tippo Tib's life from his own accounts. Heinrich Brode, who knew him in Zanzibar, transcribed the manuscript into Roman script and translated it into German. It was subsequently translated into English and published in Britain in 1907. Free eBook
Trail And Camp-Fire edited by G B Grinnell & Theo Roosevelt (1897) is the 3rd 'Book of the Boone & Crockett Club' and is one of the few editions to have any African hunting stories. Included is 'An African Shooting Trip' by William Lord Smith who hunted with Arthur Donaldson-Smith and on the stop in Aden met with Harald Swayne, then only a Captain, who gave him "many valuable hints in regard to what we should carry as food for ourselves and men, and the best method of packing it up for camel transportation." They hunted oryx, leopard, lion, elephant, kudu, rhino and other game in Ethiopia. Free eBook
Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story by Michael Allin (1998) is the true story of a giraffe's journey from where she was caught in the African savanna to Paris, France in 1826 - the first time a giraffe was ever seen in France. The giraffe travelled 2000 miles down the Nile to Alexandria, from where she sailed across the Mediterranean standing in the hold of a ship with her neck and head protruding through a hole cut in the deck. In the spring of 1827, after wintering in Marseille, she was walked 550 miles to Paris. She was a politically motivated gift from Muhammad Ali, Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt, to King Charles X - he commanded the Turkish forces fighting the Greeks in their war of independence and hoped his gift would persuade the French not to intervene against him, which did not work out in the end. The giraffe lived her life in the royal menagerie.
George Joseph Mossop (1861 - 1938) was born in Durban, South Africa to a British family. He became an adventurer, hunter, soldier, transport rider and farmer. He started farmin in Portugues East Africa (Mozambique) in 1914. He joined a Boer hunting party, learnt horsemanship, how to shoot and live off the veldt, which was teeming with buck, wildebeest and quagga.
He later signed up with the Light Horse Infantry and served in the Anglo-Zulu War. Trooper George Mossop was immortalized in a painting depicting the Battle of Hlobane in 1879 (near the present town of Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal). Mossop threw himself down the Devil's Pass, at the Hlobane mountain, dragging his horse, Warrior' behind him. They scrambled down a further 600 feet to the plain below to escape a Zulu attack. The Battle of Hlobane was a British defeat resulting in the deaths of hundreds of men. Mossop and Warrior survived the descent and the horse managed to carry Mossop a further 20 miles to safety. Warrior died the the following morning.
Running The Gauntlet: Some Recollections Of Adventure by George Mossop (1937) is the author's fascinating memoir written at the age of 75 years about his life in the bush of the Transvaal and serving in the Anglo-Zulu War.
Donald MacIntosh (1927 - 2014) was a Scottish forester and author. In the 1950s, after studying forestry in Scotland, he set off to work in the forests of West Africa - the interior of West and Central Africa was known at that time as 'the white man's grave' due to hardships and prevalent diseases. It was the beginning of his 30 years as a tree prospector and surveyor in the forest of West Africa. He began to write after retiring from the forestry business, including books and articles on Scotland and fishing.
Travels In The White Man's Grave by Donald MacIntosh (1998) is an account of the author's life as a tree prospector, forest botanist and surveyor for 30 years in some of the most remote areas of West Africa. His adventures took him along the shores of the Gulf of Guinea from Liberia to Gabon where he listened to the tales of hunters, fishermen, chiefs and witch doctors from a vast variety of tribes. MacIntosh had many adventures with the creatures of the forest, from leopards to homicidal buffalo, and from vipers to spitting cobras.
Forest Of Memories by Donald MacIntosh (2001) is the author's second collection of tales of his West African travels as a forester which are full of rich characters and humour.
On the Mahogany Trail: Reminiscences Of The African Rainforest by Donald MacIntosh (2001) provides detailed information about all the important African timbers and describes their properties and particular application. it is a valuable reference book about trees and timber but also a very readable account of the author's adventures in the timber trade in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon, Liberia and the Ivory Coast.
Dr S Z Ahmed is a cultural anthropologist and is also an independent documentary film producer.
Ruwenzori, The Mountains Of The Moon: An Incredible Land Journey From England Through Europe To The Heart Of Central Africa by S Z Ahmed (1993) is the author's account of his journey to study the the pygmies of the rainforest.
Veronica Cecil was born in India during the time of the British Raj. She was a writer of radio and television plays, later becaming a radio journalist after the death of her husband.
Drums On The Night Air: A Woman's Flight From Africa's Heart Of Darkness by Veronica Cecil (2011). The author was 25 years old when her husband was offered a job at a large multi-national company in the Congo. Filled with enthusiasm for their new life, the couple and their young son set off for an African adventure. Very soon, however, she began to realise that life in the Congo was not what she had imagined when civil war erupted and she had to escape, leaving her husband behind and in labour with her second child. She describes the Congo of the mid-1960s as "hot, claustrophobic, lawless, disturbing and beautiful", in this often harrowing memoir.
Sir Gerald Herbert Portal (1858 – 1894) was a British diplomat who was the Consul General for British East Africa and British Special Commissioner to Uganda, and a main figure in the establishment of the Uganda Protectorate. He also had held diplomatic posts in Italy, Eygpt, Zanzibar and in 1887 Portal was ordered to Abyssinia to attempt a reconciliation between the Emperor of Ethiopia and the Italian government. This mission failed but he wrote an account of the expedition in his first book.
My Mission To Abyssinia by Sir Gerald Portal (1892) is a personal account of Portal's journey to visit the Emperor Johannis in order to submit certain terms by which the Italians would refrain from any act of war with Abyssinia. Free eBook
The British Mission To Uganda In 1893 by Sir Gerald Portal (1894) was published posthumously using Gerald Portal's diary and papers, edited by Rennel Rodd. It is the account of Portal's mission in Uganda when he was appointed British Special Commissioner to East Africa in 1892. He was directed to visit Uganda and to report to the British Government on the advisabilty of setting up a British Protectorate to replace the Imperial British East Africa Company (which included the Uganda territory at the time). Portal established a settlement between rival factions, which included the Kabaka (King) of Buganda, French Catholic and British Protestant missionaries. In 1893 he signed a treaty with Mwanga II and took down the flag of the British East Africa Company and hoisted the Union Jack. Portal returned to Britain and recommended the declaration of Uganda as a protectorate. He died from typhoid fever in London in 1894, five months before Uganda was formally declared a British Protectorate. Portal relates his hunting exploits while on exploratory expeditions in Uganda. Free eBook
Zigzag To Timbuktu by Nicholas Bennett (1963) is the tale of the author's travels in West Africa, with basically no money, ending up in Timbuktu. Bennett was 18 years old when he decided to travel to the place that seemed to him to be the most remote in the world...Timbuktu. The first half of the book cover the time the author worked as a maths teacher in Ghana. Once on his travels, he heads north from Ghana, into Upper Volta (now Burkina-Faso) before crossing the border into Mali, where he is told to return to Upper Volta to obtain the correct visa. After sulking and trying anything to avoid getting a visa (paying the visa fee) he takes a 400 mile trip to Bamako in the wrong direction, gets a visa somehow, returns and sets off for Timbuktu, on the Niger river.
William Cope Devereux (1837 - 1903) entered the Royal Navy in 1854. He served in the Crimean War off Sebastopol in the Black Sea and in the Mediterranean and the China seas. He joined HMS Gorgon as a clerk in 1859. He was promoted to Assistant Paymaster when the Gorgon set off to the Cape in 1860. In 1861, the Gorgon reached the patrolling area off Mozambique, the Swahili coast and Zanzibar.
A Cruise In The "Gorgon" by W C Devereux (1869) "Or, Eighteen Months on H.M.S. Gorgon engaged in the Supression of the Slave Trave on the East Coast of Africa including A Trip up the Zambesi with Dr. Livingstone." The 'Gorgon' was a paddle-wheel sloop dispatched to the east coast of Africa to stop the illegal slave trade in the region. The vessel made its way up the Zambesi to meet the missionary explorer David Livingstone. During the journey up river, they hunted waterbuck, buffalo and hippopotamus. Free eBook
Vet In Africa: Life On The Zambezi 1913-1933 by John Smith (1997) is a memoir of the life of a veterinary surgeon largely in Northern Rhodesia, where he established the colony's main agricultural research station and became head of the veterinary service. He saw the end of company rule and the establishment of the crown colony in 1923 and served in the Legislative and Executive Councils.
Tip And Run: The Untold Tragedy Of The Great War In Africa by Edward Paice (2007) is an account of the infamous East African campaign during First World War. The East Africa campaign was dismissed by many in Britain as a remote 'sideshow'. However, to other combatant powers - Germany, South Africa, India, Belgium and Portugal - it was a campaign of huge importance. In August 1914 Britain moved to eliminate the threat to the high seas of German naval bases in Africa. But two weeks after the Armistice was signed in Europe, British and German troops were still fighting in Africa after four years of war. The most tragic consequence of the deadly game of 'tip and run' was the devastation of an area five times the size of Germany and huge scale civilian suffering.
Lost Lion Of The Empire: The Life Of 'Cape-To-Cairo' Grogan by Edward Paice (2001) is a powerful account both of the life of Ewart Grogan and the birth of Kenya as a country. In order to win the hand of Gertrude Coleman, he needed to prove himself to her father. He did so by announcing that he intended to accomplish the first south-to-north traverse of Africa. In 1900, after two years of illness and extreme hardship, he arrived triumphantly in Cairo. He became an instant celebrity and married Gertrude. They eventually settled in East Afric and he became a leader among the settlers in Kenya.
Andrew Park Stirrett (1865 - 1948) was born into a Scottish family in Canada. While studying medicine, he read a pamphlet about Sudan and became determined to go there. However the Sudan Interior Mission in Canada didn't think he was suitable. So he got himself hired on a ship on as crew and took a very rough voyage across the Atlantic while tending cattle on board. When landed in Liverpool, he took a course in tropical medicine and then proceeded on to West Africa, arriving in 1902. He worked there for the next 46 years with the Hausa people of West Africa, travelling extensively over northern Nigeria, usually by foot or by bicycle.
He met Henry Morton Stanley and they went on a long trek together to the location where Stanley was to be stationed. Stanley spoke with great admiration of the 'Bature Mai Magani', the 'White Doctor'. Stanley also related Stirrett's strange dietary habits - he would eat only one food for a while, and then another at a later date. When first met him, the diet was yam cooked in palm oil, and being a very strict Presbyterian, Stirrett would not build a fire on Sundays, so he would eat cold yam and cold palm oil.
Stirrett Of The Sudan: Nigeria's Beloved Physician by Douglas C Percy (1948) is a missionary biography of a man with a mind of his own, a tireless and fearless explorer and a compassionate doctor. This book does not refer to modern day Sudan, it is about Nigeria, which used to be called Sudan.
Blood On The Tracks: A Rail Journey From Angola To Mozambique by Miles Bredin (1995) is about the railway that links the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It starts in the deserted port of Lobito, in Angola and meanders through three civil wars, five countries, a couple of rain forests and the history of 20th-century Africa, to Beira in Mozambique. On its rails it has carried diamonds, cobalt, copper, refugees, food, mercenaries and weapons.