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Adventurewriter's lion sculpture thread made me think of a question. Below is a list of books written by Peter Hathaway Capstick. I've read the top three, and maybe the 4th. I've read "Death in the long grass" several times (just finished it again the other night), and started reading Capstick's work when I was about my son's age (early teenage years). Besides those top 4 books, which books are his best work and most worthy of my next read?
Death in the Dark Continent Death in the Long Grass Death in the Silent Places Death in a Lonely Land A Man Called Lion The African Adventurers: A Return To Silent Places The Last Ivory Hunter Last Horizons Maneaters Peter Capstick's Africa: A Return To The Long Grass Sands of Silence Safari: the Last Adventure Warrior: the Legend of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen
I think they are all good reads, at least the ones I've read. I just don't take it all for gospel.
Don, I understand he has been accused of embellishment. It matters not to me! Im looking for entertaining reads and I love his writing style.
They are all good...the best writer can make almost anything interesting...
I have read all of Capstick`s works and they are all very entertaining. All writers take some liberties when telling the stories and I would expect it. Look at Russell Annabel. As a kid I loved reading his stories....I could care less if they weren`t 100% factual.
Next up get into Corbet`s books, those are excellent also.
Annabell my second favorite I will argue and Corbett even says it that is is not good at describing his stories are pretty much we did this I did that I was always disappointed as with what he was doing and his accomplishments he was a pretty bland writer but because of the subject it still was good when it could have been incredible with a better writer
I think all of his stuff is great because he’s a great storyteller. I know a couple people who knew him and said he was full of crap because his stories weren’t true. He claims they are but...Experienced hunters know when we read something in a book, magazine article or blog it should be considered “entertainment only”. Rusty Annabel is another one of my favorites. Patrick McMannis is a fun read too.
Death in the Long Grass is the best book I have ever read on hunting Africa. I've read it dozens of times and occasionally pull it out just to read a chapter or two. His description of the croc attack while he is eating breakfast with a client is spellbinding. It is my favorite opening to a great chapter. I started reading him as a kid in The American Hunter magazine. My brother and I while hunting small game would try and describe our hunts as he would of. We laughed till we cried about the savage rainbow colored bird (pheasant) that would charge us in the stubble and require us to shoot straight or die!!
My favorites are The Last Ivory Hunter and A Man Called Lion
Man eaters is a good book that he wrote.
Check out "Hunter" by (whoda thunkit) John Hunter. Another very interesting guy. And while your at it, "Sixguns" and "Hell, I Was There" by Elmer Keith. Neither one has anything to do with bowhunting, but all are excellent glimpses into the "way it used to be".
I loved his stuff as a kid - still do! Another one of my favorites was the Maneaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett. The Maneaters of Tsavo is another great one!