Wilbur Smith

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Smith at a book launch in Sydney

Wilbur Addison Smith (9 January 1933 – 13 November 2021) was a South African-British author. He mostly writes historical fiction books set in Southern Africa. His best known books include When the Lion Feeds, The Burning Shore, River God and The Seventh Scroll. He had three major book sets, The Courtney Novels, The Ballantyne Novels and the Ancient Egypt series.[1] He wrote forty books, beginning in 1964. He had sold over 120 million copies in total.[2]

Smith was born in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia (now Kabwe, Zambia). He was educated in South Africa. He was married four times: the first two marriages ended in divorce, his third wife died of brain cancer in 1999, and married his last wife in 2000. He had four children. He lived in London and Cape Town, South Africa.[3]

Smith died on 13 November 2021 at his home in Cape Town at the age of 88.[4][5]

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  1. "The Complete Bibliography". wilbursmithbooks.com. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. "Literary lion's roaring 70s". wilbursmithbooks.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. "Wilbur Smith". Pan Macmillan Australia. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. "Legendary novelist Wilbur Smith passes away at THE AGE OF EIGHTY-EIGHT". Wilbur Smith Books. 13 November 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  5. Agence France-Presse (14 November 2021). "The Guardian". Bestselling author Wilbur Smith dies aged 88.

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