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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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APRIL 2019

Michael J Miller

Facing The Charge: African Dangerous Game

Facing The Charge: African Dangerous Game by Michael J Miller (2017) as told to Scott T Longman with the foreword by Fiona Claire Capstick. It is an account of the author's first sixty-three African safaris which included trips to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Cameroon. It includes details of a tremendous range of experiences during which Miller faced charges from Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhino, as well as from man-eating crocodiles, pythons and baboons. Miller frequently hunted with PH Lew Game, whose career Peter Capstick wrote about in 'A Return To The Long Grass'


Rob Fynn

Angel In A Thorn Bush

Angel In A Thorn Bush by Rob Fynn (2012) is the tale of the author's life and struggles building a big safari lodge in Zimbabwe, Fothergill Island on Lake Kariba, and raising a family of there.



Charles Meek

Charles ‘Kim’ Meek (1920 - 1999) entered service in Tanganyika as a District Officer in 1941. By 1959 he had risen to become Permanent Secretary in the office of the Chief Secretary and from 1960 to 1962 he served as Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister Nyerere and Secretary to the Cabinet.

Brief Authority: A Memoir Of Colonial Administration In Tanganyika

Brief Authority: A Memoir Of Colonial Administration In Tanganyika By Charles Meek (2010) edited by Innes Meek, his son. This is an account of the author's twenty years in Tanganyika. He arrived in the former German colony during World War II and describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war-time and of life among remarkable frontier characters and colleagues. There is a chapter devoted to elephant hunting.


Reginald Fenton

Reginald Fenton (1840 - 1924) was a British settler in South Africa who became a diamond mine owner. His mines were taken over by de Beers and eventually he emigrated to the USA.

Peculiar People In A Pleasant Land: A South African Narrative

Peculiar People In A Pleasant Land: A South African Narrative by Reginald Fenton (1905) is the story of a young man and his first four years experience in South Africa. Tales of Boers, trading, gun-running, hunting and veldt life. Free eBook


Gwynneth & Michael Latham

Gwynneth Latham (1899 - 1972) was newly married to Dr Donald Victor Latham (d.1953) when they left Britain in 1925 to join the Tanganyika Medical Service. One of her sons, Michael Latham edited his mother's extensive journal to produce her book.

Kilimanjaro Tales: The Saga Of A Medical Family In Africa

Kilimanjaro Tales: The Saga Of A Medical Family In Africa by Gwynneth & Michael Latham (1995)is the tale of an English woman who took on the important role of medical assistant to her bush doctor husband, Donald, in Tanganyika in the 1920s and 30s. Includes insights into the connection between traditional medical practice and Western medicine and descriptions of friendships with a wide range of colleagues, staff, locals, settlers and government officials. This is above all, the story of a European family settling in Africa, confronted with new and exciting surroundings and life-changing experiences.


R N Callander

Ronald Norcott Callander (b.1933) was born in Australia and served in the Australian Regular Army as a lieutenant during the Korean War before he became a colonial police officer in Tanganyika in the lead-up to that country's independence. He is now an author, playwright, poet and journalist.

One Beat Of A Butterfly's Heart: A Tanganyika Police Notebook

One Beat Of A Butterfly's Heart: A Tanganyika Police Notebook by R N Callander (2014) is the tale of how an Australian veteran, fresh from the Korean War, became a colonial police officer in Tanganyika Territory in the 1950s. It is about the country itself, its animals and its people at close range, including villagers, criminals, hunters, witch doctors and colonial officials, but most of all, the African askari policemen who were the author’s close companions.


Keith Winfield Bates

Safaris Revisited: The Best Of Safari Magazine Of The 1970s

Safaris Revisited: The Best Of Safari Magazine Of The 1970s compiled by Keith Winfield Bates (1991) is a collection of some of the most popular stories printed in Safari Magazine in the 1970s, including hunts in Africa, Alaska, India, and others. With an introduction by Warner Parker and a foreword by William Quimby. Some books come as 2 volumes, including 'The Best Of Safari Magazine Of The 1980s'.


Angela Thompsell

Hunting Africa: British Sport, African Knowledge And The Nature Of Empire

Hunting Africa: British Sport, African Knowledge And The Nature Of Empire by Angela Thompsell (2015) looks at the mix of imperial, interpersonal and regional relations that shaped and directed hunters’ encounters in Africa. The author evaluates the impact that imperial hunters had on the politics and people of Africa. Specifically, she analyzes negotiations between British hunters and African people and discovers that early British hunters relied on Africans to help them track the game, find water and supplies and cross the terrain.


Captain Arthur 'Sikereri' Whitfield

I'd Do It Again

I'd Do It Again by Arthur 'Sikereri' Whitfield (1954) is a rare book about the author's life in Rhodesia.



Terry Wieland

Great Hunting Rifles: Victorian To The Present

Great Hunting Rifles: Victorian To The Present by Terry Wieland (2019). Each rifle either represents a particular era of gun making, is historically important, or is simply a paragon of gun making skill. In his treatment of these special rifles, Wieland provides a close look at some individual guns that are superb in a unique way and which illustrate high points of the twentieth century. Includes James Woodward hammer double .450 Express, Holland & Holland hammer .500 Express, Haenel-Mannlicher bolt action, .450 Ackley custom rifle, Mannlicher-Schoenauer Model 1908, Savage Model 1899, Al Biesen custom .270 Winchester, .505 Gibbs and more.
More books by Terry Wieland


Dane Huckelbridge

No Beast So Fierce

No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story Of The Champawat Tiger, The Deadliest Animal In History by Dane Huckelbridge (2019) is an account of the Champawat tiger, which took 436 lives in northern India and Nepal from 1900 to 1907, and Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter who pursued it. A possibly more accurate account of this tiger will be found in Jim Corbett's own book 'Man-Eaters Of Kumaon'.


Aaron Schmaus

Ten Rules For Finding A Good Hunting Partner

Ten Rules For Finding A Good Hunting Partner by Aaron Schmaus (2019). These same ten principles can be applied to finding a spouse, business partner or even just a good friend. The stories in this book are from true events and was inspired by the author's project to introduce a brand-new person into the US backpack hunting world.


Donald Barton

An Affair With Africa

An Affair With Africa by Donald Barton (2004) is an account of a latter-day District Officer in the Colonial Administrative Service in rural Tanganyika during the last years before independence. There are descriptions of foot safaris, poaching, murder, anti-famine measures, smuggling, witchcraft, a school riot, a locust invasion and the threat of civil unrest.


W J Harding King

William Joseph Harding King (1869 - 1933) was a British explorer who travelled extensively in the north African deserts. In 1900 and 1908 he was in the Western Sahara and in 1909-12 he explored the central portions of the Libyan Desert.

Mysteries Of The Libyan Desert

Mysteries Of The Libyan Desert: A Record Of Three Years In The Heart Of That Vast & Waterless Region by W J Harding King (1925) is an account of King's 3 years of exploration from 1909 to 1912. He made several camel trips out of Dakhla Oasis, reaching 'Two Peaked Hill' some 200 km to the South West of Dakhla in 1909. In 1911 He attempts to go further south, but only reaches 50 km beyond 'Two Peaked Hill', thwarted by a native guide loyal to the Senussi tampering with his water supplies. He makes a remarkably accurate map of the Libyan desert based on information gathered from natives, including the 'oasis' of Owenat. He also predicts oases somewhere 400 km to the south west of Dakhla based on the stomach content of migrating birds.


A Search For The Masked Tawareks

A Search For The Masked Tawareks by W J Harding King (1903) is an account of King's explorations in the far south of Algerian. He wanted to meet the 'marauding' nomadic Tawereks, also known as Tuaregs, because at that time, very little was known about them. Free eBook


T A M Nash

Thomas Arthur Manly Nash (1905 - 1993) was a British entomologist known for his work on tsetse flies. In 1927 he was employed by the Colonial Office to investigate aspects of the biology of tsetse flies, the vectors of the trypanosomes which cause sleeping sickness in humans, and a related disease of domestic livestock in much of tropical Africa. In 1962 Nash founded the Tsetse Research Laboratory of the University of Bristol. He was a research fellow of the university and director of the laboratory.

A Zoo Without Bars

A Zoo Without Bars by T A M Nash (1984) is a lighthearted look at the author's life in the East African wilderness from 1927 to 1932, researching the tsetse fly and methods to control it.



Craig Boddington

From the Cape to Kasserine: Ten years of African Hunting 2007-2016

From the Cape to Kasserine: Ten years of African Hunting 2007-2016 by Craig Boddington (2018) is Boddington's fourth ten-year book on African hunting. Included are driven hunts for Barbary wild boar in Tunisia, elephants in Botswana, buffalo in Mozambique, lions in Tanzania, with hunts for giant eland in Cameroon as well as trips to Ghana, Burkina Faso and Liberia. Boddington revisits Zambia and Zimbabwe seeking unusual species he has not hunted before and makes his first visit to Uganda.


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