Big Game Hunter

Shooting Gazette - - Shoot briefing -

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)

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