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On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures (Hardback)
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On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 17/05/2018
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Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction.

"I've been writing novels for over fifty years. I was lucky enough to miss the big wars and not get shot, but lucky enough to grow up among the heroes who had served in them and learn from their example. I have lucked into things continuously. I have done things which have seemed appalling at the time, disastrous even, but out of them has come another story or a deeper knowledge of human character and the ability to express myself better on paper and write books which people enjoy reading.

Along the way, I have lived a life that I could never have imagined. I have been privileged to meet people from all corners of the globe, I have been wherever my heart has desired and in the process my books have taken readers to many, many places. I always say I've started wars, I've burned down cities and I've killed hundreds of thousands of people - but only in my imagination!"

From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna aeroplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction.

Always candid, sometimes hilarious and never less than thrillingly entertaining, On Leopard Rock is testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are compellingly unputdownable.

Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
ISBN: 9781785765308
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan' - The Guardian 

'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' - The Times 

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“Nostalgic Adventures”

Lovely book, the adventures Wilbur has been on are just crazy! When you think he has seen everything and nothing else could happen, he tells you about another equally bizarre and exciting adventure. Wilbur has a way... More

Hardback edition
10th May 2018
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“Absolutely gripping!”

This book was absolutely gripping, a total joy to read. Since the book arrived I was not able to put it down. The writing flowed, and I learnt a great deal about South Africa in regard to hunting, politics, mining,... More

Hardback edition
7th May 2018
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“The man behind the stories”

This is the first autobiography of the bestselling author Wilbur Smith.
It charts the extraordinary adventures he has had throughout his life, and from these you can see very clearly where much of the... More

Hardback edition
17th May 2018
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