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 Edward Nicholas Coventry Braddon (1829 - 1904) was a British-born Australian politician who served as Premier of Tasmania from 1894 to 1899, and was a Member of the First Australian Parliament. In 1847 Braddon left for India to take a job with his cousin's merchant business. He later joined the Indian civil service, rising to the position of assistant commissioner.
Olive MacLeod (1880 - 1936) was engaged to marry Lieutenant Boyd Alexander, the explorer, who was killed by natives in Nyeri, French Sudan, on the 2 April 1910. Olive MacLeod travelled to Africa to learn from the French authorities what had happened to Boyd Alexander and to visit his grave. Olive later married Charles Lindsay Temple (1871 – 1929) who became Lieutenant-Governor of Northern Nigeria from January 1914 until ill-health caused him to relinquish the post in 1917.
Her travelling companions were Mr & Mrs P A Talbot. Mr Percy Amaury Talbot (1877 - 1945) was one of the original members of the Alexander-Gosling expedition in 1904 when they were the first Englishmen to navigate Lake Chad. He subsequently married Dorothy Amaury Talbot and became a District Commissioner in southern Nigeria. Dorothy accompanied her husband to his posting and came to enjoy the adventurous life - both becoming keen botanists and collectors.
Chiefs And Cities Of Central Africa: Across Lake Chad By Way Of British, French, And German Territories by Olive MacLeod (1912) is an account of the author's remarkable 3700 mile expedition in 1910 to 1911, with Mr & Mrs P A Talbot, from the coast of Southern Nigeria, through Northern Nigeria, across Cameroon and on to Lake Chad and south east from there, with much on the scenery, the wildlife, hunting, the people and their customs. Free eBook
Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa by Paul Kenyon (2018) are the stories of violence and excess of various African dictators after their countries gained independence. It also exposes the secrets of Western greed and complicity, the insatiable taste for chocolate, oil, diamonds and gold that have encouraged dictators to rule with an iron hand.
Dr Heinrich Barth (1821 – 1865), sometimes referred to as Henry Barth, was a German explorer of Africa and scholar. He was considered one of the greatest African explorers. Barth, Adolf Overweg (1822 – 1852) and James Richardson (1809 - 1851) went on a long expedition (1850 to 1855) across the Sahara to western Sudan and western Africa.
The deaths of Richardson and Overweg, who died of unknown diseases on the expedition, left Barth to carry on the scientific mission alone. Barth was the first European to visit Adamawa in 1851. When he returned to Tripoli in September 1855, his journey had extended from Tripoli in the north to Adamawa and Cameroon in the south, and from Lake Chad and Bagirmi in the east to Timbuktu in the west - more than 12000 miles. He studied the topography, history, civilizations, languages and resources of the countries he visited.
Travels And Discoveries Of North And Central Africa: Being A Journal Of An Expedition Undertaken Under The Auspices of H B M's Government, In The Years 1849-1855 by Heinrich Barth (1857) is a 5 volume account of the author's expedition with James Richardson to Lake Chad. Departing from Tripoli, this was one of several expeditions designed to disrupt the slave trade by way of promoting legitimate commerce. On Richardson's death in March 1851, Barth assumed leadership of the expedition and became the first European to visit Adamawa. It includes detailed notes on economics, linguistics, topography and cultural history. The books/volumes were published in several editions in different years and with slightly different titles. Free eBook Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook Vol III Free eBook Vol IV Free eBook Vol V
Zambezi Valley: The Lost Stronghold: An Account Of Zimbabwe's Rhino War by Silvana Olivo (2018) is a testament to the dedication of those who fought to protect Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley, considered in the 1980s as the last stronghold for the greatest concentration of wild black rhinos in Africa. The war against poachers by game scouts and rangers was lead in Zimbabwe by the founder of Operation Stronghold, Glenn Tatham. The author was personally involved in Operation Stronghold run by Zimbabwe’s National Parks Department when she became its official Italian chapter for 5 years. The pace of the emergency unfolds in this book, through the direct reporting of experiences in the field – the aftermath of shoot-outs with poachers and the translocation and dehorning of rhinos.
General Sir Frederick Ivor Maxse (1862 – 1958) was a senior British Army officer who served in the Egyptian Army where he was present at the Battle of Atbara and the Battle of Omdurman where he must have known Seymour Vandeleur. He went on to serve in the Second Boer War and the First World War.
Seymour Vandeleur: A British Officer by Frederick Ivor Maxse (1905) is a memoir of Brevet-Lieutenant-Colonel Seymour Vandeleur, DSO, an officer with the Scots Guards and the Irish Guards, who served in Uganda from 1894, in the Niger Expedition of 1897 and in the Sudan at Omdurman in 1898. He was eventually shot during a train ambush in South Africa in 1901 where he died as a martyr. This volume describes his campaigns and the part played by British officers in the acquisition of African colonies and dependencies at this time. Free eBook
Read Seymour Vandeleur's own memoir of his explorations and military service in Africa.
Bridget Robertson spent more than fifteen years of her nursing career in Africa with the Colonial Service and finally as part of Queen Elizabeth's Overseas Nursing Service, becoming Regional Matron in Kisumu, Kenya.
Angels In Africa: A Memoir Of Nursing With The Colonial Services by Bridget M Robertson (1993) is a fascinating account of a nursing career that took Bridget Robertson to Kenya, Zanzibar, the Seychelles and Northern Nigeria. She recounts how trying problems of climate, environment, shortage of supplies and even physical dangers were cheerfully overcome and nursing care of the highest possible standards maintained.
Into Africa: A Hunter's Safari by Wayne P Johnson (2018) is aimed at the first time hunter to Africa and is comprised of three parts - outlining how to get there, what will happen when you do, and what comes after you return home. It evolved out of the author's 12 day African hunting experience in the Eastern Cape! The foreword is written by Craig Boddington.
Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Marshall Hole (1865 – 1941) was an English pioneer, administrator and author. He went to South Africa in 1889 and met Cecil Rhodes who offered him a job as the first clerk to the newly formed British South Africa Company. He went on to take many administrative posts in Rhodesia including Civil Commissioner of Bulawayo, Chief Secretary of Southern Rhodesia, Chief Native Title Commissioner for Matabeleland and Administrator of North West Rhodesia. He was known for introducing the 'Marshall Hole Currency' in Bulawayo in 1900 which were official handstamped and signed cards which circulated as emergency currency due to a shortage of small change coinage.
Old Rhodesian Days by Hugh Marshall Hole (1928) is an account of the early pioneers of Rhodesia such as Jameson and Rhodes, development of the early settlements such as Salisbury and native and European customs including big game hunting.
The Jameson Raid by Hugh Marshall Hole (1930) is his account of the 1895/96 Jameson Raid which was a botched raid against the South African Republic carried out by British colonial statesman Leander Starr Jameson and his Company troops.Free ebook
The Passing Of The Black Kings by Hugh Marshall Hole (1932) is the story of the advance of civilisation in the interior of Africa from the native perspective rather than that the white pioneers. It looks at the characters and attitudes of the native chiefs and kings that the pioneers encountered on their journeys. Free eBook
Lobengula by Hugh Marshall Hole (1929) is about Lobengula Khumalo (c.1836 – c.1894) who was the second and last king of the Northern Ndebele people (also known as Matabele people in English). He became king in 1870 and successfully ruled over a large area of the highveldt until the possibility that gold was to be found in his kingdom which sparked machinations and wars with the British for the rights to mine in Lobengula's land.
The Making Of Rhodesia by Hugh Marshall Hole (1926)
Jon R Sundra is an American firearms and hunting writer. He has served on the editorial staff of many publications including Shooting Times, Petersen's Hunting, Guns & Ammo, Guns, Guns & Hunting, Rifle Firepower, Gun Digest and many more magazines. Not counting his American hunting trips, he has made more than one hundred foreign hunting trips on five continents, including twenty African safaris.
Hell I'm Still Here!: Fifty Years A Gunwriter by Jon R Sundra (2018) is primarily not a description of his hunts but a humorous description of the era in which gunwriters were kings of their domain and had egos to match. The author associated with Elmer Keith, Jack O'Connor, Warren Page, Slim Pickens, Charles Askins, Bill Jordan, Skeeter Skelton, Bob Milek, John Wooters, George Nonte, Jack Lewis and others, and he tells amusing stories of these giants of the gunwriting world.
A Fortunate Life by Peter Byrne (2017) is the author's autobiography which includes World War II service in the Royal Air Force, tea planting in north India, big game hunting in southern Nepal, yeti hunting in the high Himalayas, international professional river running and bigfoot hunting in the Pacific NW of the USA. This book is titled as Volume 2 but all editions seem to have the same content and synopsis.
More books by Peter Byrne
David Haig-Thomas (1908 – 1944) was a British ornithologist, explorer, hunter and rower who competed in the 1932 Olympics. He was an army commando during the Second World War and was killed in action during D-Day.
I Leap Before I Look: Sport At Home And Abroad by David Haig-Thomas (1936) is an account of the author's hunting and shooting adventures including hunts for Spanish ibex, wild geese, hunting in Canada, Iceland, Abyssinia & Sardinia and bird photography.
Africa In My Heart: A Hunter's Diary by Julius Simko (2015) is an account of the author's African hunting adventure in the tone of a journal, with humour and sincerity - including his hunting fears and blunders.
John Charles Phillips (1876 - 1938) was an American medical doctor, hunter, zoologist and ornithologist. His great interest in nature, hunting and fishing took him all over the world - as well as North America, he hunted in Greenland, Japan, China, Ethiopia, Sinai Peninsula, Palestine, Cuba, Kenya, Uganda and the Congo.
Among the many animals and birds named in honour of John Phillips, is the blesbok, Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi. This came about after 1935, when he started a scientific review of existing knowledge on vanishing species in order to pinpoint those mammals and birds which might be saved from extinction. At that time the blesbok was close to extinction and it was named in Dr Phillip's honour in 1939.
A Sportsman's Scrapbook by John C Phillips (1928) is about hammer guns, camps, bird shooting and chamois, moose and sheep hunting.
A Sportsman's Second Scrapbook by John C Phillips (1933) is the sequel to 'A Sportsman's Scrapbook' of 1928 and includes more hunting and outdoor tales in two parts - New England and then more distant trails in Arizona, Virginia, Sudan, Kenya, Ireland and France.
Arthur John Loveridge (1891 – 1980) was a British biologist and herpetologist who published much about the animals of East Africa, particularly those from Tanganyika. In 1914 he became the curator of the Nairobi Museum. During World War I, he joined the East African Mounted Rifles, later returning to the museum to build up the collections. He then became an assistant game warden in Tanganyika. Apart from his many scientific publications, Arthur Loveridge wrote popular books about his collecting safaris in Africa.
I Drank The Zambezi by Arthur Loveridge (1953) is an account of Loveridge's nine-month safari in 1948 to the Nyasaland Protectorate in Africa, to document and collect almost 4000 species of wildlife in the mountains and forests.
Many Happy Days I've Squandered by Arthur Loveridge (1944)
Forest Safari by Arthur Loveridge (1956) is another account of the author's museum collecting days.
Tomorrow's A Holiday by Arthur Loveridge (1956) tells the stories of his two safaris in Tanganyika Territory collecting specimens of local snakes and other fauna.
Pursuit: My Life Hunting Big Game by Lonnie Henriksen (2017). The author began his hunting career chasing deer with a bow in South Dakota. He eventually hunted throughout North America, Africa, Russia, Australia, Greenland and beyond.
James Saxon Childers (1899 - 1965) was an American journalist, author and publisher.
Mumbo Jumbo, Esquire: A Book About The Two Africas by James Saxon Childers (1941) is an account of Childers' 1939 round trip of Africa from the Cape to Cairo and across North Africa. He went on a lion hunt with Donald Ker who got him up to a lion when Childers decided not to shoot but to take photographs instead. Much commentary on the big game hunting industry in Kenya at the time. Free eBook