Big Game Hunter
by a German sniper in Tanganyika during the First World War.
The author is professor of history at the university of Western Australia and, as you might expect, he has left few stones unturned in this thorough and absorbing biography of a man who seemingly put many of us to shame with his sheer enthusiasm for life, discovery and knowledge.
For Roosevelt, Selous was the greatest of men. “I greatly valued his friendship,” he declared, “I mourn his loss; and yet I feel that in death, as in life, he was to be envied.” Merlin Unwin Books (£19.99)