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Bookshelf Latest Additions

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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JULY 2024

Harry Klein

Land Of Silver Mist

Land Of Silver Mist by Harry Klein (1951) is an account of the author's journey in southern Africa. Leaving a dull office job, he travelled through Natal and Pondoland with an old Irish renegade as a companion, then on foot and horseback through Northern Transvaal. He tells many previously unrecorded stories of the past in South Africa.

Edward Coode Hore

Edward Coode Hore (1848 - 1912) was a British-born master mariner, missionary, explorer and cartographer. He was appointed to the Lake Tanganyika Mission and arrived in Zanzibar in 1877 and set out for the Lake Tanganyika, arriving there in 1878. In 1880, he explored the southern part of the lake before returning to England in 1881 where he passed his master mariner examinations. He returned to Central Africa, with his wife and son, in 1883 as captain first of the 'Morning Star', a 32-foot lifeboat, and later the 'Good News', a two-masted screw steamer which was dragged overland in pieces for reassembly on Lake Tanganyika. He conducted his missionary work with the boats on Lake Tanganyika and also collected a vast number of mollusc species from the lake.

Ill health forced his return to England from Africa in 1888 before travelling to Australia and eventually settling in Tasmania until his death in 1912.

Edward Coode Hore's wife, Annie B Hore (born Annie Boyle Gribbon) wrote an extremely scare book 'To Lake Tanganyika In A Bath Chair' (1886) about her life in Tanganyika and the extraordinary journey she undertook to get there with her small son.

Tanganyika: Eleven Years In Central Africa

Tanganyika: Eleven Years In Central Africa by Edward Coode Hore (1892) is an account of his life as a missionary and master mariner around Lake Tanganyika. Free eBook

Eva Stuart-Watt

Eva Stuart-Watt (1891 - 1959) was born in Australia, spent her childhood in Africa with her missionary parents - the self-styled missionary, Stuart Watt and his Irish wife Rachel Watt who wrote an account of their lives in Africa titled 'In The Heart Of Savagedom'. In 1913, after school in Ireland, Eva returned to Africa to serve as a missionary with her parents. Her father and brother died of fever in 1914, leaving Eva, her mother and her sister to continue the work on their own.

Eva Stuart-Watt
Eva Stuart-Watt at the crater rim of Kilimanjaro

Africa's Dome Of Mystery

Africa's Dome Of Mystery by Eva Stuart Watt (1930) recounts the author's experiences in Africa, notably her Mount Kilimanjaro climb - she was the fourth woman to reach the crater rim in 1926. She writes about spotting the famous leopard carcase which was found earlier that year by Dr Donald Latham whose wife, Gwynneth, and son Michael Latham, wrote a book 'Kilimanjaro Tales: The Saga Of A Medical Family In Africa' about their lives in Tanganyika as bush medics in the 1920s to 1930s.

Jim Babala

The Arizona Desert King And I

The Arizona Desert King And I by Jim Babala (1987) is about the author and his friend, Jack Walters, who were both top wild sheep guides. It includes their hunting adventures for desert bighorn sheep in Arizona and Mexico, also rocky mountain sheep hunting stories from Alberta, Canada.

Quentin Crewe

Quentin Hugh Crewe (1926 – 1998) was an English journalist, author, restaurateur and adventurer. He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when a young child and despite being relatively immobile for much of his life, he never ceased to travel and write about people and places. He spent a year travelling in the United States and the West Indies and having finally, at the age of 29, given in to the need of a wheelchair, he set off to spend a year in Japan. He made his first desert expedition in 1966, visiting the Empty Quarter, in Saudi Arabia to observe the vanishing life of the nomads as described by his friend Wilfred Thesiger in 'Arabian Sands'. In 1981 he set out on an 18-month journey through the Sahara, again to observe and record a way of life which was disappearing.

In Search Of The Sahara

In Search Of The Sahara by Quentin Crewe (1983)is the account of a 2 year and 25,000 mile journey in the Sahara Desert taken by the author and the photographer, Timothy Beddow. It was not the most hospitable place, especially for a man in a wheelchair.

William B Seabrook

William Buehler Seabrook (1884 – 1945) was an American occultist, explorer, traveller, journalist and writer. He wrote about his experience of cannibalism in the book 'Jungle Ways', but he later admitted that the tribe had not allowed him to join in the ritualistic cannibalism.

Jungle Ways

Jungle Ways by William B Seabrook (1931) is an account of the author's journey through French West Africa in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He travelled through countries which were then French West Africa. Now they are Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Male, Bukina Faso, Niger and Togo. He wrote about witnessing witchcraft, cannibalism and possibly human sacrifice - he came back with pictures to prove it. Free eBook

George Hoyningen-Huene

Baron George Hoyningen-Huene (1900 – 1968) was a Russian born fashion photographer of the 1920s and 1930s. He had German and American parents and spent his working life in France, England and the United States.

African Mirage

African Mirage by George Hoyningen-Huene (1938) recounts the author-photographer's journey throughout Africa, ranging through Egypt, the Sudan, Kenya, the Belgian Congo, French Equatorial Africa, British Nigeria and back by the Southern Sahara, during which he primarily photograhed the lives of the indigenous people.

Willem Jaspert

Willem Jaspert (1901 - 1941) was a German publisher and writer.

Through Unknown Africa

Through Unknown Africa: Experiences From The Jaspert African Expedition Of 1926-1927 by Willem Jaspert (1929) is the record of the author's journey through Angola with his brother, Fritz, his wife and child. It was a hazardous journey with many hardships and it is not clear why they undertook it. They had to find work wherever they could, they were ill with malaria and twice pursued by Portuguese officials as spies. This required them to head for the interior rather than stay on the beaten tracks.

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Peter Flack

Hunting The Spiral Horns: Kudu: The Top African Antelope

Hunting The Spiral Horns: Kudu: The Top African Antelope by Peter Flack (2012) gives his own hunting experiences for all varieties of greater kudu (Cape, southern, East African, Abyssinian and western) and for lesser kudu in Tanzania and Ethiopia. He has also included the kudu hunting stories from various outfitters, guides and sport hunters. Some of the 16 contributors include James Mellon, Brian Herne, Tony Tomkinson, Robin Hurt, Alain Lefol, Anthony Dyer and Peter Kennedy. The book is a mix of scientific data, how to hunt kudu, the best places to hunt kudu, and exciting stories about some of the largest kudus ever hunted with 60 to 70-inch horns. There are also chapters on rifles, ammunition, clothing and equipment.

J A Hunter

Hunter's Tracks

Hunter's Tracks by J A Hunter (1957) reflects the warmth and good-tempered philosophy of an uncommonly able Scot who respects the world of animals. Here too are the sounds, the smells, the sights and the lure of Africa. It includes an East African safari with an Indian maharajah, interwoven with attempts to capture ivory poachers and smugglers with tales of hunting elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo. Free eBook

David Bartlett

Hunting Namibia: A Brief Hunting Survey Of Namibia

Hunting Namibia: A Brief Hunting Survey Of Namibia by David Bartlett (2015) includes stories from almost ten years of safari hunting in Namibia. This book offers helpful tips to those thinking about hunting in Namibia as well as stories that may seem familiar to those that have. Much on tracking kudu and eland near Bushmanland then moves to dangerous game in the Caprivi and the escarpment above.

Elgin T Gates

Trophy Hunter In Asia

Trophy Hunter In Asia by Elgin T Gates (1971) covers a wide range of hunting in many countries in Asia including tiger and leopard hunting in India, buffalo hunting in Australia, various sheep including Marco Polo, Ovis Ammon, Ibex, Markhor and many others in the mountains.

Ian Parker

What I Tell You Three Times Is True: Conservation, Ivory, History And Politics

What I Tell You Three Times Is True: Conservation, Ivory, History And Politics by Ian Parker (2004) is part historical, part investigative and largely autobiographical. The author examines the perennial preoccupation of man with elephants and his pursuit of their ivory. The book exposes the web of deceit and corruption surrounding elephants and ivory, involving not only governments but also conservation bodies themselves.

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