The Voyage of the Beagle

The Voyage of the Beagle

Charles Darwin

Also known as Darwin’s Journal of Researches, this is a vivid travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin’s keen powers of observation. A fascinating glimpse into the world (parts of it anyway) as seen through the eyes of Darwin. For those not so much interested in the biology parts, there are plenty of accounts of…

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De Profundis

De Profundis

Oscar Wilde

This is a letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas. During its first half Wilde recounts their previous relationship and extravagant lifestyle which eventually led to Wilde’s conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency. In the second half, Wilde charts his spiritual development in prison and identification with Jesus Christ. Wilde wrote…

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Speeches and Writings of M. K. Gandhi

Speeches and Writings of M. K. Gandhi

M. K. Gandhi

Taken from the Preface: ‘This is an exhaustive, comprehensive and thoroughly up-to-date edition of Mr. Gandhi’s Speeches and Writings revised and considerably amplified with the addition of a large number of articles from Young India and Navajivan (rendered into English.)’ A fascinating glimpse into the mind of Gandhi, with speeches about: South African Indian Question; Indians in the Colonies; Passive Resistance; Jail Experiences…

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Under the Prophet in Utah

Under the Prophet in Utah

Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O’Higgins

This is a memoir of Frank J. Cannon (1859-1933). Although born into a prominent Mormon family, Cannon was a freethinker and a progressive. He recounts an insiders’ view of the painful process by which the Mormon church and the state of Utah became integrated into the United States. He played an active role in this history, lobbying for statehood both in the halls of Washington D.C. and in the inner councils of the Mormon church. This work…

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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

J. H. Patterson

This book recounts the author’s experiences while overseeing the construction of a railroad bridge in what would become Kenya. It is most widely known for recounting the story of a pair of lions that he killed, known as the Tsavo maneaters.

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The Last Journals of David Livingstone Volume I

The Last Journals of David Livingstone Volume I

Horace Waller

Volume I of II. This book is made up of David Livingstone’s journals from 1865 up until his death. It is then carried on by his servants, or as the book puts it; ‘continued by a narrative of his last moments and sufferings obtained from his faithful servants’. It’s a fascinating insight into Livingstone’s travels, as he writes about the things he saw, illnesses that struck, slavery and more.

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Great Explorations in Africa

Great Explorations in Africa

J. T. Headley

The full title of this 1886 book is ‘Great Explorations in the Wilds of Africa including Sir Samuel Baker’s expedition with a force of nearly two thousand men to suppress the slave trade; Lieut. Cameron’s ‘Across Africa’, with these travelers marvelous accounts of fighting the natives, hunting the hippopotamus, elephant and lion’.

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The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia

The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia

Samuel W. Baker

The account of a big game hunter. During the author’s exploration of the Nile tributaries of Abyssinia, he meets with tribe people and kills some animals. Pretty much the same thing every rich white man seemed to have done back in those days. Chapters include; Route From Cassala To Souakim; The Plagues Of Egypt; Antelopes On The Settite…

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