By James Casada

The writings of Selous seem in a single landmark quantity, coplete with infrequent images and annotated via well known African specialist, Dr. James Casada. Selous describes early days in Botswana and Zambezia.

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During his days at Bruce Castle in Tottenham, where he began his formal education at the age of nine, he constantly incurred the wrath of the headmaster with his escapades. He was also a notorious daydreamer, with the focus of his thoughts invariably being hunting adventures in Africa. Indeed, the dour, humorless headmaster, exasperated with Selous’s boyish high spirits and pranks, informed the authorities at prestigious Rugby School that the granting of admission to the prospective student would be a grave mistake certain to lead to the most unfortunate consequences.

Selous underwent many such experiences, but for that matter so did most old African hunting hands. What set him apart from other sporting pioneers on the continent were his keen powers of observation, his diverse interests and abilities, and most significantly, an incomparable ability to describe his adventures both verbally and in print. The material offered here will attest to his storytelling prowess, and his writing is appealing whether it deals with a daring hunt, studies in natural history, or more mundane subjects.

At last the dreadful sun turned blood-red as it neared the western horizon, and presently sank from view behind the interminable landscape of stunted thornbushes. When outspanned during the day, the bullocks had made no attempt to feed, but had only stood about in clusters amongst the shadeless thorn scrub; I was in hopes, however, that they would graze a little, albeit the grass was scorched and scant, at sunset. But they were too parched to do so. So, hungry, weary, and terribly thirsty, the poor brutes were once more yoked to the heavy wagons just as the short twilight of the early tropic night was giving place to a bright moonlight, for it wanted but a couple of days to full moon.

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