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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We Lived On The Verandah by Suzanne Fisher (1980) is the story of the author's life in Kenya. She was born in India while her father was serving as a captain in the army. He took his family to South Africa to farm after the First World War but when this failed, he took a job with 'African Explosives & Industries' in Kenya.
Memories Of Kenya: Stories From The Pioneers edited by Arnold Curtis (1986) is a collection of extracts, letters, diaries and photographs from Kenyan pioneers during the period from the 1880s to the outbreak of World War II. With an introduction by Elspeth Huxley
Pioneers Scrapbook: Reminiscences Of Kenya 1890 To 1968 edited by Arnold Curtis & Elspeth Huxley (1980)includes reminiscences of Kenyan pioneer successes and failures in establishing homes, farms, shops, hotels, businesses and factories with humorous and dangerous anecdotes and descriptions of scenery and lifestyles.
Heroes Of The Dark Continent: And How Stanley Found Emin Pasha by J W Buel (1889) is a complete history of all the great explorations and discoveries in Africa. It includes an account of Stanley's famous relief of Emin Pasha and all the other great travellers, hunters and explorers.
Thomas Garrett Askwith (1911 – 2001) was a British Olympic rower and a colonial administrator in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising. He recorded his memoirs in three volumes...
From Mau Mau To Harambee by Tom Askwith (1995) is the account of the author's life after the outbreak of the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya. Askwith was given the responsibility of designing and running the Rehabilitation Programme for detainees, until he opposed the use of force against Mau Mau convicts who refused to work.
Getting My Knees Brown by Tom Askwith (1996) is a privately published account of the author's life as a District Commissioner posted to Kenya in 1936. Askwith saw the signs of social change in Africa and promoted community development in all the areas where he was posted. In the book he is honest in acknowledging the shortcomings of his generation also points up his moderation and compassion - essential qualities for all those who served in Africa.
Eyeball To Eyeball by Tom & Paricia Askwith (1998) is the third volume of Tom Askwith's memoir written with his wife.
Eslanda Goode Robeson (1895 – 1965) was an American anthropologist, author, actress and civil rights activist. She was also the wife and business manager of singer and actor Paul Robeson.
African Journey by Eslanda Goode Robeson (1945) is a travelogue with field notes and photographs of the author's journey to the Belgian Congo. She spent nearly five months travelling through central Africa interviewing colonial administrators, workers and activists. Previously Eslanda Robeson had travelled to Africa with her son in 1936.
Charles Pocklington Chenevix Trench (1914 - 2003) was originall a British Indian army officer who became a prolific author of books about historical and sporting topics. After his time in India he became a District Commissioner in the Northern Frontier District of Kenya and later in Nanyuki. He learned Swahili and Somali and was seconded to Nairobi to help cope with the Mau Mau Emergency.
The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime Of Exploration, And The Triumph Of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde (2016) is an account of how Theodore Roosevelt’s lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America’s wildlife conservation movement. The book draws on Roosevelt’s diaries and travel journals which culminated in his triumphant expedition to Africa, a trip which he himself considered to be the apex of his varied life.
Rodney Carrington Wood (1889 - 1962) was a British naturalist who spent 50 years mainly in Nyasaland (now Malawi) studying and collecting mammals, birds, fish, insects, shells and plants. After Wood arrived in Africa he earnt a living in the cotton industry, as a tea planter, school teacher and became the first game warden of Nyasaland. He was also a tracker and hunter who preferred to hunt with a bow and arrow rather than with a gun.
African Naturalist: The life & Times Of Rodney Carrington Wood 1889-1962 is an account of Wood's life by a fellow African naturalist is based on Wood's diaries, notebooks and collections, and recollections of many people who knew him personally.
John Francis 'Jack' Lipscomb (1901 - 1988) became a British settler in Kenya just after World War I. By 1923 he had acquired a small portion of land and planned to go into farming. Realising his lack of farming experience he went back to Britain to study dairy farming at Reading University before occupying his 100 acres at Kinangop.
From The Beginning: The Work and Achievements Of A Kenya Settler by J F Lipscomb (1947) is his account of farming in Kenya near Lake Naivasha from the late 1920s based on his own farm with much detail of buildings, setting up, cattle, crops, problems and successes.
Jack Lipscomb's later book 'Those Days Brfore Yesterday'
Safari For Gold by J R Smeaton-Stuart (1942) is an account of the author's attempts at gold-mining with his associate Roger Courtney. Like Courtney, John Roland Smeaton-Stuart married a daughter of Charles Cottar, Thelma Cottar.
A Speck In The Ocean Of Time by Veronica Bellers (2014) relates the story of Pat O’Dwyer, an Assistant District Commissioner in Sierra Leone, and a number of others who went out to Africa to serve in the Colonial Service in the early 1930s. The book is full of anecdotes about the world of the district commissioner in Africa which could be tough and austere.
East Africa Hunting Safari: Photograph Album (1968) contains 41 photographs of a hunting safari which is attributed to C Cree Gable, due to the name on a loose Kodak envelope in the album. C Cree Gable (1887 - 1974) could have been the owner of a furniture business in Indiana.
Where Elephants Go To Die by Rege Podraza (2002) is a collection of 100 poems based on real life experiences about African...as the author says, "It's poetry about what you feel when a lion's coming down on you and your gun jams" and "It's not the mushy stuff." The author is an avid hunter who began writing in 1992 after he was injured falling out of a tree stand.
Desmond Emil Varaday (1913 - 1995) started out as a film actor but his interest in African wildlife led him to become the game warden of a private reserve in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now, Botswana). Subsequently he set a cheetah sanctuary near Middelburg, South Africa, where he housed and protected many animals. In 1990 when he was unable to look after them any longer, his cheetahs were taken into the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in Mpumalanga.
Gara-Yaka: The Story Of A Cheetah by Desmond Varaday (1964) is the story of the author's relationship with a cheetah. He was a game warden of a private reserve in southern Africa and he found the infant cheetah cub after her mother was killed by a crocodile. Her existence as a close companion to Varaday did not keep her from venturing into the wild and finding a wild mate.
Gara-Yaka's Domain by Desmond Varaday (1966) is about the remakable animal behaviours the author witnessed as a game warden - an elephant fighting with a crocodile, two buffalo outwitting a pride of young lions, a pack of baboons combining to drive off a leopard, a lioness on the verge of starvation, dragged down by hyenas and a baby elephant emerging from the bush, later adopting a game scout as a 'mother'.
The Ghosts Of Happy Valley by Jukiet Barnes (2013). The author, who has lived in Kenya for many years, set out to explore 'Happy Valley' in a remarkable archaeological quest to find the homes and haunts of this extraordinary and vanished set of people. Among these people was the writer Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), the pioneering aviator Beryl Markham and the troubled socialite Idina Sackville and still unsolved murder of the Lord Erroll.
Anne Estella Sarah Penfold Mathews, Countess Cave of Richmond, later styled as Viscountess Cave, (1857 - 1938) was a British aristocrat and author.
Three Journeys by Viscountess Cave (1928) is an account of the author's three journeys to East Africa, South Africa and North America. The 1901 journey to East Africa included visiting Zanzibar and East Africa in 1901 to visit her brother, General Sir Lloyd Mathews who was the First Minister of the Sultan of Zanzibar.
Errol Gilchrist Whittall (1906 - 1989) was a British settler in Kenya who owned a cattle ranch.
Dimbilil: The Story Of A Kenya Farm by Errol Whittall (1956) is the account of the life of a settler in Kenya who farmed cattle on land he was allocated as a soldier's settlement after World War II.
Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874 - 1927) was an American ornithologist, illustrator and artist who set the current standards for ornithological art. In 1926 to 1927 he participated in the Field Museum's Abyssinian Expedition led by Wilfred Hudson Osgood. He produced some of his most exquisite bird and mammal watercolours as a result of this trip.
Wilfred Hudson Osgood (1875 – 1947) was an American zoologist who became the assistant curator of mammalogy and ornithology from 1909 to 1921, and curator of zoology from 1921 to 1940 at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He was in command of the Chicago Field Museum/Daily News Ethiopian Expedition which also included James Baum as the expedition big game hunter and Charles Suydam Cutting, a wealthy American naturalist.
Artist And Naturalist In Ethiopia by Louis Agassiz Fuertes & Wilfred Hudson Osgood (1936) is a day-by-day account of the Chicago Field Museum/Daily News Ethiopian Expedition, for which Fuertes was the museum staff artist. It describes field work, birds, animals and local human residents encountered with Fuertes' techiniques for painting and preparing study skins in the field. There are 16 full page illustrations in colour painted from life by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.