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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Doctor Henry Francis Bell Walker (1876 - 1948) was a British medical doctor, who emigrated to Bedford in the Cape Province where he served as a GP until 1931. During the South West African campaign of 1915 he served with the SAMC and recorded his experiences in this book. In 1920 he bought some land and became a citrus tree farmer while still practising medicine. Still a very fit man at the age of 65, he served with the SAMC in Natal during World War II, becoming a physician specialist at the military hospital in Durban.
Noel Simon (1921 - 2008) was a British author and wildlife conservationist. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot for the naval air force. In 1947 he moved to Kenya, married and started farming there. Noel Simon joined the forces against the Mau Mau insurgents and operated in the Aberdares on foot and from the air. He later served as Deputy Director of the Royal National Parks in Kenya, under the first director Colonel Mervyn Cowie. He was largely responsible for persuading the colonial government to recognize the seriousness of the poaching threat in the nation's most important national park, Tsavo National Park and to provide the necessary means to counteract it. Working closely with David Sheldrick, the founding game warden of Tsavo East National Park, Simon instigated a highly effective anti-poaching campaign in the 1950s.
After a dispute with Colonel Cowie, he left the National Park Service and worked from 1962 to 1969 at the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in Switzerland where he contributed to the IUCN Red Data Books.
Between The Sunlight And The Thunder: The Wildlife Of Kenya by Noel Simon (1962) is an account of the reasons for the decline of wildlife populations in Kenya, giving an indication of what remains of Kenya's once prolific fauna, as well as suggesting possible means by which the remnants of the great herds can be retained.
Donald Farquharson Seth-Smith (1884 - 1959) first went to British East Africa in 1904 to visit his older brother Martin, who had come to Kenya a year earlier. In 1908 Donald bought a farm near Thika together with Lord Cranworth and others. As well farming, Seth-Smith was a pioneer big game hunter with his son Antony Seth-Smith (b.1937) following in his footsteps to become a renowned professional hunter.
Julia Seth-Smith is the wife of Tony Seth-Smith's son, Martin.
Donald's War: The Diary Of A Settler In The East Africa Campaign by Julia Seth-Smith & Antony Seth-Smith (2018) records Donald Seth-Smith's war experiences from January 1916 in Tsavo until he was invalided back to Kenya in February 1917. In 1914, Donald Seth-Smith joined the Supply Corps and later enlisted in Logan's Battery for the push into German East Africa. Donald received the Military Cross in January 1917 for bravery in the battle for Kibata in southern Tanganyika.
Among Whistling Thorns by Joan Booth (2018) is the memoir of a British painter and illustrator who went to Kenya with her sister Cicely in 1922 to help their brother Eric with his new farm. She created the first elephant head logo for Tusker lager in the late 1920s which was still used into the 1960s. Her adventures include being on a ship that sank off the coast of Mozambique and her harrowing experiences during the times of the Emergency in Kenya.
Jack Stodel (1899 - 1979) was a South African theatre personality and entrepreneur who tried his hand at many projects the world in theatre, movies and acting. He was also a big game hunter and a game fisherman but shifted from hunting to take up the cause of wildlife conservation before the end of his life. He fought for South Africa and allies in three theatres of war - in German South West Africa (now, Namibia), German East Africa and in France. After surviving malaria and injuries, he returned to South Africa, still only aged 19 with the rank of Captain, to later serve in World War II and become the branch manager of the African Theatres in Cape Town.
The Jackpot Story by Jack Stodel (1965)is an entertaining account of hunting with the San people in Namibia and includes chapters on sport after steenbok, duiker, crocodiles and leopards, with big game fishing off the African coast. Most of the remaining content involves his experiences travelling in America and as as soldier during the Great War.
Africa: What It Gave Me, What It Took From Me: Remembrances From My Life As A German Settler In South West Africa by Margarethe Von Eckenbrecher (2015) is the memoir of an extraordinary woman who travelled with her husband to German South West Africa to begin farming in a remote area, raising cattle, sheep and goats. The book chronicles colonial life, the natives of the colony, the Spanish Influenza pandemic in Namibia, World War I in Africa, German surrender, and the South African occupation of German South West Africa and the eventual ceding of the colony to South Africa. Translated, edited & introduced by David P Crandall, Hans-Wilhelm Kelling & Paul Kerry.
Dr Roland Wilks Burkitt (1872 - 1946) was an Irish doctor who went to British East Africa in 1911. There were no health services and he was for years the only private practitioner in Nairobi. On leaving Ireland, he first went to Assam in India, where it rained a lot "even the fish learnt how to climb trees" and also he could not stand the heat, so he went to Kenya Colony and stayed for 28 years. Such was Dr Burkitt's eccentric reputation for cold water treatment regimes, he became rather an iconic figure of the time in Kenya and features in many books written by the then inhabitants. Elspeth Huxley writes about "Nairobi's best known, best loved and at times, the most dreaded doctor" in her book 'Nine Faces Of Kenya'. Dr Roland Burkitt was the uncle of Dr Denis Burkitt (1911 - 1993) of Burkitt's lymphoma fame.
Under The Sun: A Memoir Of Dr R W Burkitt Of Kenya by J R Gregory (1951). Dr Gregory recounts the life of his dedicated but eccentric friend and colleague 'Kill or Cure Burkitt' who was at one time the only doctor in Nairobi. His treatments or 'cures' were considered so uncomfortable that many people preferred to carry on unwell rather than call him in. It includes a chapter on a month long safari..."The safari proved a great success: I got three lions, a buffalo and many antelope". He also mentions a later camera safari with Sidney Downey.
Dr Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911 – 1993) was a Northern Irish-born surgeon who made significant advances in health, such as the etiology of a paediatric cancer, now called Burkitt's lymphoma and the merits of dietary fibre. During World War II, Burkitt served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in England and later in Kenya and Somaliland. After the war, Burkitt decided his future lay in medical service in the developing world and he moved to Uganda. He eventually settled in Kampala and remained there until 1964.
The Long Safari: A British Surgeon In Africa Tracks Down And Successfully Combats A Dangerous Form Of Cancer by Bernard Glemser (1971) is the remarkable story of Denis Burkitt, a British surgeon who with two missionary friends set off in an old Ford stationwagon on an 10000 mile safari to visit hospitals between Kampala and Johannesburg. They returned with information that startled the medical world. Dr Burkitt showed that the geographical incidence of the tumours correlated with the same temperature and rainfall zones of malaria and is linked to the presence of a virus in people whose immune system is weakened by chronic malaria. Burkitt's Lymphoma appeared to be the first form of cancer to be 'cracked'.
Major Cecil Foster Seymour Vandeleur (1869 - 1901) served in the Scots Guards rising to the rank of Major. In 1894 he was sent on special service to Uganda, and from then on saw almost continual service. In 1895 he took part in the Unyoro expedition, the following year he served on the Nile, then he took a prominent and gallant part in the Niger expedition of 1897. The same year the Royal Geographical Society awarded the Murchison Grant to him for his valuable work in surveying in East Africa and the Niger district. He surveyed no less than 2073 miles.
In 1898 Major Vandeleur went out to Africa again, and served with the Egyptian Army in the Sudan expedition of 1898. He was wounded at the battle of Khartoum, and received the Medjidieh Medal for his gallantry. He was killed in 1901 aboard a train which was blown up and fired on by Boers in South Africa.
Campaigning On The Upper Nile And Niger by Seymour Vandeleur (1898) is an account of his explorations in East and West Africa, from the Nile to the Niger rivers. It also describes the military actions in which he was involved. Free eBook
Mimi And Toutou Go Forth: The Bizzare Battle Of Lake Tanganyika by Giles Foden (2004). At the start of WWI, German warships controlled Lake Tanganyika which was of great strategic value in Central Africa. In June 1915, a force of 28 men was despatched from Britain to take control of the lake. To reach it, under the eccentric naval officer called Geoffrey Spicer-Simson, they had to haul 2 small motor gunboats with the unlikely names of Mimi and Toutou through the wilds of the Congo.
To Hear The Lion Roar: Adventures In Africa by Steven James Foreman (2015) is a memoir covering 21 years of Foreman's life from late 1992 to early 2014. It relates how, at the age of 40, he gave up all he had and went to Tanzania, to seek work with wildlife and find a life of adventure in Africa. After many years he became a safari guide and wildlife expert. However, in order to make ends meet, he reverted to his previous job and became a security contractor and adviser, working in armed security and counter-terrorism roles in remote and often hostile regions of South Sudan, the wilderness of Turkana, northern Kenya and the desert of eastern Ethiopia.
Émile Jonveaux (1819 - 1871) was a known as French 'traveller', author and translator. It has since been discovered that Jonveaux was an 'armchair traveller' and did not in fact spend 2 years having adventures in Abyssinia and Nubia. From an article by H B Thomas OBE in the Uganda Journal 1946, Volume 10 Page 152, it was discovered that the original French language edition of 'Two Years In East Africa', Jonveaux had written in the preface..."Je ne les ai vus, que par le pensee: mais une longue etude m'a identifie avec eux". which translates to, "I only saw them by thought, but a long study identified me with them". This disclaimer was omitted by the publishers of the English edition.
It transpired that for his 'journey', Jonveaux used Samuel Baker's 'The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia' for the section on Eygpt to Abyssinia, French explorer Guillaume Lejean work was used for the Abyssinian section and he reversed Baker's journey fron Khartom to Bunyoro in 'Albert Nyanza'. Speke's 'Journal of the Discovery Of The Source Of The Nile' also contributed to Jonveaux's 'adventures' in Buganda and Karagwe. The illustrations in the book were cunningly adapted from the illustrations in the books by Speke and Baker.
Two Years In East Africa: Adventures In Abyssinia and Nubia, With A Journey To The Sources Of The Nile by Émile Jonveaux (1875) is an interesting literary hoax seemingly perpetrated by the English version publishers rather than the author himself. Free eBook
Hassoldt Davis (1907 - 1959) was an eccentric American adventurer and travel writer and film-maker.
Sorcerers' Village by Hassoldt Davis (1955) is a humorous account of the author's experiences, with his wife Ruth, searching for a secret school of magicians and witch doctors in the Ivory Coast. They spent a year filming, sound recording and making notes about cannibalism, tribal dances, fetishes and undergoing some of the rituals themselves.
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John Roscoe (1861 - 1932) was a civil engineer and missionary to East Africa who conducted anthropological data collection of the Africans he encountered on mission. In 1884 he travelled to what became the Uganda Protectorate and lived there among several African tribes until 1909.
Twenty-Five Years In East Africa by John Roscoe (1921) is an account of the author's life as a missionary in Tanganyika before it became German East Africa and among the Baganda, the tribe or nation which has given its name to Uganda. The book includes how he suppressed a form of human sacrifice practised by the natives of Tanganyika. He left the country when the Germans took possession of it and he and his wife fell into the hands of Arabs, who opposed the German invasion. They only narrowly escaped being put to death by their captors, when a ransom payment only arrived an hour before the time of their execution. Free eBook
The Baganda: An Account Of Their Native Customs And Beliefs by John Roscoe (1911) is based on notes Roscoe compiled, over an 18 year period and tells the story of the Baganda people before British colonial influence became entrenched. It includes chapters on birth and childhood, marriage, sickness and burial, family relationships, clans and totems, the king, government, religion, warfare, industries, animals, agriculture and food, hunting, the economy, water wells and folklore. Free eBook
The Northern Bantu: An Account Of Some Central African Tribes Of The Uganda Protectorate by John Roscoe (1915) includes observations of the lives of the Banyoro, Banyankole, Bakene, Bagesu, Basoga, Baseso and Kavirondo peoples of Uganda. Free eBook
The Soul Of Central Africa: A General Account Of The Mackie Ethnological Expedition by John Roscoe (1922). After spending 25 years as a missionary in Africa, Roscoe was asked to lead an ethnographic expedition back into the heart of the continent. Under the auspices of the Royal Society and financed by Sir Peter Mackie, Roscoe returned to Central Africa and wrote down the customs and lore of numerous tribes of the region, making a vivid record of their culture before their erosion due to Western settlement and influence. Greater awareness of native cultures enabled the European powers ruling Africa to more thoroughly understand the peoples under their governance. Free eBook
An Old Fashioned Safari by Lawrence Lewis (1990) is the privately printed account of the author's 1951 safari to Kenya. He hunted elephant, buffalo, kudu, lion, eland and more with Safariland Ltd and his white hunter was Jack Blacklaws.
Emil Ludwig (1881 – 1948) was a German-Swiss author, known for his biographies of historical figures like Napolean, Lincoln and many more.
The Nile: The Life-Story Of A River by Emil Ludwig (1937) contains scientific, anecdotal, legendary and historical material on the native tribes, the races, explorers and conquerors that penetrated the far reaches of the Nile. Between 1930 and 1934, Ludwig took three journeys to countries through which the White Nile and Blue Nile flow. However, he points out he did not include any material on big game hunting expeditions to the Nile because he did not take part in any. Free eBook
Through Forest And Veldt by Donald Ker (1958) is the UK published edition of Ker's book 'African Adventures' published in the US in 1957. It is a big game hunting autobiography which is also the story of Ker & Downey Safaris Ltd of Nairobi. Part I gives an account of the author's encounters with the five main big game species, as well as a discussion of weapons and ammunition. Part II devotes a chapter to each of thirty game species, indicating where they may be found, and the best approach with either rifle or camera.
William Holman Bentley (1855 - 1905) was an English missionary in the Congo.
Life On The Kongo by W Holman Bentley (1891) is an account of the author's the personal observations and those of others working in the Congo in 1885. This book was published as suitable for children as well as adults. Free eBook
Pioneering On The Congo by W Holman Bentley (1900). These 2 volumes document the pioneering work of travellers to the Congo between 1879 and 1899. During that time the Congo went from being unexplored to a fully charted region with government officers, traders and missionaries. As a foreign witness to this entire period, Bentley provides an authoritative account of the dramatic developments he observed in the Congo's geography, culture, religion and commerce. Free eBook Vol I Free eBook Vol II
An Elephant's Ear: The Diary Of An American Housewife In Africa by Beverly Hicks (1973) is the down-to-earth diary of the author's year in Kenya with her husband and 3 children. Her husband, Bob, was an American plastic surgeon assigned to the Flying Doctor Service in Nairobi.