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Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and skilled storytellers, having written 32 bestselling novels.

While Wilbur is probably best-known for his African and Egyptian series, one of his most recent novel, THOSE IN PERIL, is a fast-paced, contemporary thriller set in the Indian Ocean where a group of pirates kidnap the 19-year-old daughter of a multi-millionaire oil mogul and post a 20 billion-dollar ransom for her release.

Taking the advice of his literary agent “to write about what you know best”, Wilbur brings authenticity and a wealth of life and travel experiences to each and every one of his novels.

Wilbur was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS, and has since written nearly thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.

Wilbur lives in London and continues to have an abiding concern for the peoples and wildlife of his native continent, an interest strongly reflected in his novels.

He loves reading, fly fishing, travelling and exploring the world and being in the African bush.

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Lived: 1933 -

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