Dear <<First Name>>
It has been ten months since the last newsletter. In the interim, I have travelled to the UK twice, the States twice, Johannesburg four times, Durban twice and the Congo once. I have also completed the production of Hunting the Spiral Horns – Bongo & Nyala – The Elite African Trophies, at 432 pages and 679 photos, the largest project of this kind that I have tackled on my own. It was a monster – effectively three books in one - but, at the end of the day, there were no compromises and I am very happy with the end result. The reviews have been uniformly excellent and sales have been good for a book about animals that many people know little about. I hope the book will change some of this over time.
Then I completed what will, in all likelihood, be my last book on hunting and probably my last book full stop, namely, Hunting the African Buffalo – Nature’s Debt Collector – The Six Subspecies. I am about a month behind schedule but, as my book designer, Peter Bosman, has family commitments which have also prevented him from working on the book, nothing would have been gained had I been on schedule. There are some things that are clearly more important than book production.
The Buffalo Book is even bigger than the Bongo Book and I am absolutely delighted with the contributions I have received from the Who’s Who of past and present buffalo hunters for all six subspecies. In addition, the photographs I have received to illustrate the book are the best I have received for any book and that says a lot. To be honest, I did not know that such huge, free range buffalo existed in Africa and they caste serious doubt over the statements of certain South African intensive game breeders who claim to be breeding back the kinds of buffalo that have been wiped out in Africa by hunters, which corroborates the statements of Dr. Jeremy Anderson, who also contradicts this view in his erudite and interesting scientific chapter on these wild bovines.
I have covered the Congo trip in an article in African Outfitter and will not do so again here but, if you have not read it, you can find it on my new website – up and running for the past week - which was the brainchild of Eileen Flack, my multi-talented and beautiful daughter-in-law, whose profession this is. Since its publication, Mr. Gert Saaiman has threatened to sue the magazine for defamation and Mr. Edgar Owany Opani has threatened to close the magazine down. Both men were mentioned in the article.