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Wilbur Smith

Bestselling adventure thriller writer...

09/01/1933 -

Not many authors can claim to have sold over 122 million books and still be bothering the bestseller charts, but Wilbur Smith is doing just that!

Born in Northern Rhodesia (now Kabwe, Zambia), Wilbur was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a metal worker and cattle ranch owner who frowned upon WIlbur's love of books and writing, so much so that Wilbur became an Inland Revenue tax accountant, rather than pursue his preferred profession of journalism in South Africa. However, it wasn't long before the writer's bug bit again and in 1964 When the Lion Feeds was published.

Wilbur has now published over 30 novels, most of which form his bestselling series' (The Courtney Family, The Ballantyne series and the Ancient Egyptian series). Whilst Wilbur now lives in London, Africa still remains his greatest inspiration, indeed for many, a Wilbur Smith novel set anywhere but Africa would be unthinkable!

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