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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Sir Kenneth Granville Bradley (1904 - 1977) entered the Colonial Service in 1925 and was posted to Northern Rhodesia. He served as district officer in the bush and in the Secretariat at Lusaka. During the early years of World War II he was information officer in Lusaka before taking up the post of colonial and financial secretary in the Falkland Islands. In 1945 he left Stanley for the Gold Coast, now Ghana, to become under-secretary as that colony was in the run-up to independence.
Diary Of A District Officer by Kenneth Bradley (1947) is a very readable account of a District Officer's life in Portuguese East Africa and Northern Rhodesia in the 1930's.
Once A District Officer by Kenneth Bradley (1966) is the memoir of a District Officer in Northern Rhodesia, Gold Coast and the Falkland Islands
As a Major, Colin Harding was first commander of the Barotse Native Police force from 1900 to 1901. He selected a site for a new fort (to be known as Fort Harding) at Monze to replace the old fort which was at an unhealthy site. He later became an administrator in Barotseland. Colonel Harding was then appointed to Northern Nigeria before serving in World War I in France. He was invalided out after the Somme and then went back to the Gold Coast.
In Remotest Barotseland: Being An Account Of A Journey Of Over 8,000 Miles Through The Wildest And Remotest Parts Of Lewanika's Empire by Colin Harding (1904) is an account of Harding's expedition to explore and report on the extent of Lewanika's territory. Harding had accompanied King Lewanika to London for the 1902 coronation of King Edward VII. While in London, Lewanika sought the protection of the British Government, under the administration of the British South Africa Company. Free eBook
Far Bugles by Colin Harding (1933) is an autobiography describing Harding's early years in Bulawayo earning a precarious living as a bricklayer, miner or solicitor's clerk before some mining speculations turned out well. It includes his experiences in the Mounted Infantry, becoming an administrator in Barotseland and Nigeria and his service in the War in France. Harding also describes his encounter with a lion who mauled him and left him for dead.
Frontier Patrols: A History Of The British South Africa Police And Other Rhodesian Forces by Colin Harding (1937) is the history of the mounted forces recruited during the 'scramble for Africa' to help guard Britain’s imperial possessions in South Africa and Rhodesia. The British South Africa Police had a vast territory to patrol and Colonel Harding took part in the campaigns against risings by Rhodesia’s two major tribes, the Mashona and the Matabele.
Lady Winifred Joan Sharwood-Smith (b.1915) was married to Sir Bryan Evers Sharwood Smith who joined the Colonial Service and ended up as governor of Northern Nigeria. She also worked in the Intelligence Department of the Special Operations Executive during World War II.
Diary Of A Colonial Wife: An African Experience by Joan Sharwood-Smith (1992) is an account of the life of a colonial service wife in Nigeria between 1939 and 1957. The book aims to counteract the commonly-held stereotype of the colonial "memsahib" as haughty and racist and reveals the author's concern for social welfare in Nigeria. The book is full of humour and lively observations on what she looks on as the experiences of just another Colonial Service wife.
Sir Bryan Evers Sharwood-Smith (1899 - 1983) first served in Northern Nigeria as Assistant District Officer and spent over thirty years there and it was after being the Governor of the Northern Region that he retired in 1957.
But Always Friends: Northern Nigeria and the Cameroons, 1921-57 by Sir Bryan Sharwood-Smith (1969) is his autobiographical account of his life and work as a colonial officer in the English Cameroons and northern Nigeria between 1921 and 1957. It includes details of his professional relationships and friendships with some prominent figures of pre- and post-independence northern Nigerian politics, long before they rose to regional and national prominence. Shwarwood-Smith was also responsible for hosting the Queen during her visit to northern Nigeria in 1956.
Clifford Hallé was a friend and shared a house with Bede John Francis Bentley. As they were both were in bad health and not capable of more than chatting in the evenings, Hallé was able to extract the whole story of Bentley's journey to Abyssinia and write it down.
Bede John Francis Bentley (1878 - 1939) was a British motor transport enthusiast who claimed to have invented the military tank on Kitchener's instructions and latterly, sifter caps for powder containers. He also served with Royal Army Service Corps from 1914 to 1922. He was promised by Kitchener that his interests as an inventor of the tank would be safeguarded but his claim against the Crown of £300,000 for the invention of the tank was dismissed in the High Court in 1925. Bede J F Bentley was not related in any way to Walter Owen Bentley, the founder of Bentley Motors Limited.
To Menelek In A Motor Car by Clifford Hallé (1913) is a record of Bede J F Bentley's epic journey in a Wolseley-Siddeley to Abyssinia. In 1908 he was the first person to take a motor car to Abyssinia, driving it over difficult country from Djibouti to Addis Ababa in 10 months. Bentley travelled with his friend and mechanic, Reginald G Wells, and his dog, Bully. He taught the Emperor Menelek to drive and afterwards presented him with the car. There is some hunting of leopard and kudu. Free eBook
A Toy For The Lion by T R Nicholson (1965) is a later amusing account of Bede Bentley, his mechanic and a dog delivering a Siddeley car to King Menelek after a 3000 mile road trip in 1907-08. This author tells the tale from a different perspective from the one by Hallé, who knew Bede Bentley well.
Rosita Forbes, born Joan Rosita Torr, (1890 – 1967) was an English travel writer and explorer. In 1920-21 she was the first European woman to visit the Kufra Oasis in Libya with the Egyptian explorer Ahmed Hassanein, in a period when this was closed to Westerners. She married Colonel Robert Foster Forbes in 1911. They divorced after she left him in 1917, selling her wedding ring and sailing to South Africa, with a view to riding a horse from Durban to the Zambezi. She married again in 1921, to Arthur Thomas McGrath who accompanied her on her later journeys. She was widowed in 1962, and she died in 1967 in Bermuda, aged 77 years. Learn more about the extraordinary life of Rosita Forbes
From Red Sea To Blue Nile: Abyssinian Adventure by Rosita Forbes (1925) is an account of the author's 1100 mile mule trek across Ethiopia with photographer Harold Jones, in the early 1920's. This book was also published under the title 'From Red Sea to Blue Nile: A Thousand Miles Of Ethiopia' in 1935. Free eBook
Unconducted Wanderers by Rosita Forbes (1919) covers a 13 month period from 1917 to 1918, when Forbes and her friend Armorel Meinertzhagen, the first wife of Richard Meinertzhagen, travelled through more than 30 countries, mostly in Asia. A particular highlight was China, where they found themselves amid warlords. "We were both devoid of physical fear, which is a condition, not a quality", she wrote. After the war, with just £40 to her name, Forbes made her way to the Paris, to find work as a journalist, but when nothing came of this she and Meinertzhagen left for North Africa. In the book Armorel Meinertzhagen is known as Undine. Free eBook
The Secret Of The Sahara: Kufara by Rosita Forbes (1921) recounts her arduous journey with Ahmed Hassanein, to the strategically significant Kufara Oasis in the Libyan desert. During the 600 mile expedition, she pretended to be an Arab woman called Sitt Khadija, to avoid undue attention. They didn't take the usual caravan route from Tripoli but the more hazardous Benghazi-Ouaddai route, guarded fiercely by Libyan tribes. The journey was beset with smothering sandstorms, sick camels, murderous porters and lack of water. Forbes' lack of compass skills caused the expedition to miss the Taiserbo and Zighen wells north of Al-Khufrah and Hassanein's quick wits prevented them from being murdered by Zwaya tribesmen. Free eBook
Adventure: Being A Gipsy Salad - Some Incidents, Excitements, And Impressions Of Twelve Highly Seasoned Years by Rosita Forbes (1928) describes adventures in the Middle East, Abyssinia, New Guinea and other far corners of the world. Three chapters are devoted to her attempt to enter Mecca on a pilgrimage disguised as a Turkish pilgrim. Free eBook
Conflict: Angora To Afghanistan by Rosita Forbes (1931) is an account of Forbes' 8000 mile journey by truck and on horseback from Angora, now Ankara, Turkey to central Asia and Syria, Jordan and Iraq. It delivers commentary on how these countries were changing due to the impact of western ideas on their ancient traditional customs.
Eight Republics In Search Of A Future, Evolution & Revolution In South America by Rosita Forbes (1933) is a book of reflections on a 23000 miles journey during 1932 visiting Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Forbes piloted her own ircraft for 14000 miles of this trip.
Forbidden Road: Kabul To Samarkand by Rosita Forbes (1937). Despite government warnings for travellers in the Soviet republics of central Asia, Forbes was determined to cross the mountains of Afghanistan and reach far-off Samarkand, in Turkestan, today Uzbekistan. She started the 8000 mile journet in 1935 in Peshawar near the base of the Khyber Pass. From here she travelled by chauffeur-driven car through the rugged terrain of, then, Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, entering Afghanistan through the Kohat Pass. This book was re-published in 1940 as 'Russian Road To India By Kabul And Samarkand'. Free eBook
India Of The Princes by Rosita Forbes (1939) gives an account of life not only in the royal palaces, but lives of merchants, labourers, money-lenders, artisans and gypsies as well. Forbes fuses travelogue, historical fact and personal opinion into an entertaining book - the 675 Indian princely states not under direct British rule, ranging from the size of Scotland to a London Park. Free eBook
Appointment In The Sun by Rosita Forbes (1949) is the author's autobiography and an amalgamation of her previous autobiograhies, 'Gypsy In The Sun' and 'Appointment With Destiny'.
The Elephant In East Central Africa: A Monograph by Dr W H Osman Hill et al (1953) is a rare Rowland Ward publication bringing together contributions by some of the leading elephant hunters, game wardens and naturalists from different regions of Africa.
Dr William Charles Osman Hill (Zoological Society of London) covers the evolution of the African elephant, Major W R Barker (former Chief Game Warden Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) covers 'The Elephants in Sudan', Lt Colonel C H Stockley (authority on Asiatic & African big game) covers 'The Elephants In Kenya', Lt Colonel C R S Pitman (former Game Warden of Uganda) covers 'The Elephants In Uganda', Lt Col P B Offerman (Game & Fish Warden in the Belgian Congo) covers the 'Elephant In The Belgian Congo', G G Rushby (Game Dept Tanganyika Territory) covers 'The Elephant In Tanganyika', Sir William Frederick Gowers (former Governor of Uganda & Vice President of Fauna Preservation Society) covers the 'African Elephant In History'. There are references to hunting experiences, poaching etc.
Emily May Crawford, nee Grimes (1864 - 1927) was a British hymn writer and a missionary in Pondoland in South Africa before she married Canadian, Dr T W W Crawford in 1904 and set off for east Africa.
By The Equator's Snowy Peak: A Record Of Medical Missionary Work And Travel In British East Africa by E May Crawford (1913) is an account by the wife of a Canadian missionary doctor, T W W Crawford, and their travels and work among the Kikuyu and Embu people of Mount Kenya. While on a journey through Embu country, they met "the famous hunter" R J Cunninghame, whose camp was nearby. They also met Colonel Dugald McTavish Lumsden (known for founding Lumsden's Horse Corps of the Second Boer War) who was on a hunting safari with a Mr C B Branch. The author was also struck by the fact that the mission station overlooked the forest where Roosevelt hunted elephants. Free eBook
Archibald Charles Gardiner Hastings (1878 - 1937) served as a British administrator in northern Nigeria for 18 years, from 1906 to 1924.
Nigerian Days by A C G Hastings (1925) is an account of his 18 years as a colonial officer in Nigeria.
The Voyage Of The Dayspring: Being The Journal Of The Late Sir John Hawley-Glover by A C G Hastings (1926) is an account based on the journal kept by Hawley-Glover, when he was a young Lieutenant with the Baikie Expedition in 1857. The aim of the expedition was to establish trading posts and to encourage missionary endeavours as well as to chart and navigate the Niger and its tributaries, establish anti-slavery treaties and promote British interests. The 'Dayspring' was a steamship used to explore the Niger and she was wrecked on rocks near Boussa, stranding the expedition.
Sir John Hawley Glover GCMG (1829 – 1885) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Governor of Lagos Colony for the best part of 14 years. He took part in the expedition of Dr William Balfour Baikie (1825 - 1864) up the Niger river. Baikie, a medical doctor, only assumed the expedition roles of surgeon, naturalist, ship’s captain and director of the mission when the original head the expedition died prior to the voyage, the original expedition surgeon was transferred to the Crimean War and a few days into the voyage it became clear that the captain of the ship was inept.
Percy Amaury Talbot (1877 - 1945) was a British anthropologist, botanist and researcher as well as a serving colonial district officer in Nigeria.
In The Shadow Of The Bush by P Amaury Talbot (1912) recounts his travels, with his wife Dorothy Amaury Talbot (1871 - 1916), in southern Nigeria and the Cameroons to study the Ekoi people as well as the natural history of the area. Included are details about religion, position of women, birth customs, witchcraft, funeral ceremonies, war, government, folklore and more. Free eBook
For more anthropological books on Nigeria by Percy Amaury Talbot
Margaret Ryan was a wealthy American widow who decided on a whim to visit some diamond mines in the Congo in which she had an interest. So she bought a specially outfitted four-wheel drive Alfa Romeo and set off with her dog and her long time servant.
African Hayride by Margaret G Ryan (1956) is the account of a New York woman's 18630 mile drive in a specially-built car through 12 African countries - including Algeria across the Sahara, French West Africa, Nigeria, French Equatorial Africa, the Belgian Congo, Angola, Uganda, Kenya & Zanzibar. An entertaining view of an Africa that is no more.
Captain Richard Roberts Oakley joined the British colonial service in 1921 in northern Nigeria to fulfil his desire "to see a leopard and a giraffe in their natural setting". He was a keen big game hunter and it was one of his greatest joys to go out after work and shoot for the larder.
Treks And Palavers by Richard Oakley (1938) is an account of a political officer's life (including hunting) in the administration of Northern Nigeria in the 1920's and 1930's.
Major James Willes Jennings (1899 - 1954) was a surgeon in the Royal Army Medical Corps and served in South Africa and East Africa before being selected for service with the Abyssinian Army in the campaign against the so-called Mad Mullah of Somaliland.
With The Abyssinians In Somaliland by Major J Willes Jennings (1905) is the author's memoir as a British medical officer who participated with the Somaliland Expeditionary Force in the campaign against the Mullah in 1904. He travelled with another medical officer, Captain H N Dunn, along with Captain A Duff, Mr J L Baird of the Diplomatic Service and Lieutenant Ogilvy. There were hunting expeditions for lion, gerenuk and rhinoceros and also for the pot. Free eBook
Frank Edward Hayter (b.1902) had dreamed of being a hunter in Africa so got a job as a taxidermist at London Zoo. He was then sent on an expedition to collect 100 baboons in the Ethiopian highlands in 1924. He had a hard time getting from Dire Dawa to the baboon location - stuck in a marsh, ambushed by Danakil warriors etc. He collected the 100 baboons but was cursed by a monk for stealing sacred animals. On the ship home, the baboons broke free from their crates and ran wild on the deck during a storm.
Hayter was so attracted to Ethiopia, returning many times doing anything for a living there - rat and rare butterfly catching, mule driving and debt collecting until he made his name as a gold prospector. He spent years digging and panning for gold, convinced he would find the Queen of Sheba's mines. During this time he believed the monk's curse was taking effect on him - he became very weak, going from an athletic young man to a physical wreck. He allegedly found a cave full of gold treasure in a mountain called Tullu Wallel which was flooded before he could collect the gold. More contemporary authors dismiss Hayter as unreliable and rather too influenced by the Rider Haggard novels.
Gold Of Ethiopia by Frank E Hayter (1936) is an account of Hayter's second expedition through Ethiopia, sometimes hunting elephants, sometimes travelling with native tribes in the most remote regions. In ths book Hayter claims to have found a shaft full of gold in the mountains of west Ethiopia which he claims was the source of the wealth of the Queen of Sheba.
In Quest Of Sheba's Mines by Frank E Hayter (1935) is another account of an adventurous expedition in search for the legendary mines of the Queen Sheba. During most hazardous trek lasting some twelve mounths the author actually discovered ancient caves and gold workings which he claims to be the site of Sheba's Mines. Apart from the story of the expedition itself Hayter describes the native customs and habits such as the method of calling or frightening off lions with a bamboo trumpet.
African Adventurer by Frank E Hayter (1939) autobiographical account of exploration in the mountains and jungles of Ethiopia.