The Last Elephant Hunter

By Daniel Fludgate

Literary fiction, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


Set against a present day backdrop of civil unrest in Africa, "The Last Elephant Hunter" is a story about two families — one black, one white — whose lives interweave over a period of two years as the disorder worsens. The Collins and Gabanya families continue to collide with each other during this escalation, testing whether compassion can prevail over political ruptures. Racial division, the ethics of hunting, sexual violence and child soldiers as weapons of war — these relevant, contemporary themes criss-cross with a young man's explosive journey into manhood, and a mother's desperate search for her missing son, despite the horrifying consequences of her defiance and bravery.



When working as a police officer, and needing to occupy my time waiting to begin a late-turn or night-shift, I decided to take more seriously what had, until then, been just a hobby of writing. "The Beekeeper of Patagonia" was released in 2014 but, being a Counter-Terrorism Officer at the time, I was advised not to use my own name when publishing. I have now left the police and, along with it, that restriction for "The Last Elephant Hunter". As a qualified African safari guide, a trained Lapland husky musher, someone who has taught English to Buddhist monks in Laos, and sex education to teenagers in a Ugandan field, unearthed Etruscan pottery on an archaeological dig in Italy, and protected President Obama in London working with his Secret Service detail, I try to bring some of that variety of experience to my writing.


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When working as a police officer, and needing to occupy my time waiting to begin a late-turn or night-shift, I decided to take more seriously what had, until then, been just a hobby of writing. "The Beekeeper of Patagonia" was released in 2014 but, being a Counter-Terrorism Officer at the time, I was advised not to use my own name when publishing. I have now left the police and, along with it, tha...


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