Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith

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in Kabwe, Zambia
January 09, 1933




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Wilbur Smith is the bestselling author of many novels, each meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His bestselling Courtney series includes Assegai, The Sound of Thunder, Birds of Prey, Monsoon, and Blue Horizon. His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages and have sold over 120 million copies. Smith was born to a British family in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa, and attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He has homes in Cape Town, London, Switzerland and Malta.


Average rating: 3.99 · 120,736 ratings · 4,360 reviews · 138 distinct works · Similar authors
River God (Ancient Egypt, #1)
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 20,093 ratings — published 1993 — 66 editions
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The Seventh Scroll (Ancient...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,209 ratings — published 1995 — 58 editions
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Warlock: A Novel of Ancient...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 7,860 ratings — published 1995 — 63 editions
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When the Lion Feeds (Courtn...
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 6,174 ratings — published 1964 — 46 editions
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Monsoon (Courtney #10)
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 5,607 ratings — published 1999 — 44 editions
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Birds of Prey (Courtney #9)
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 5,703 ratings — published 1997 — 18 editions
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The Quest (Ancient Egypt, #4)
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 4,877 ratings — published 2007 — 40 editions
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Blue Horizon  (Courtney #11)
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 3,754 ratings — published 2003 — 41 editions
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The Sound Of Thunder (Court...
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,779 ratings — published 1966 — 39 editions
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The Sunbird
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 3,108 ratings — published 1972 — 38 editions
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More books by Wilbur Smith…
When the Lion Feeds The Sound Of Thunder A Sparrow Falls The Burning Shore Power of the Sword Rage A Time to Die
Courtney (13 books)
4.040894341467752 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 44,994 ratings

River God The Seventh Scroll Warlock: A Novel of Ancient... The Quest Desert God
Ancient Egypt (5 books)
4.060055341900385 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 42,644 ratings

A Falcon Flies Men of Men The Angels Weep The Leopard Hunts in Darkness The Triumph of the Sun (A C...
Ballantyne (5 books)
3.9396841569027 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 9,815 ratings

Those in Peril Vicious Circle
Hector Cross (2 books)
3.248231966053748 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 2,828 ratings

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“The best cure for racism is to have somebody shoot at you. Man, it does not matter then what color the arse is that comes to save yours-black or white, you're ready to give it a big fat kiss.”
Wilbur Smith, Golden Fox

“It's a strange paradox that a man gifted with too many talents can fritter them all away without developing a single one to its full.”
Wilbur Smith, Rage

“A man follows the path laid out for him. He does his duty to God and his King. He does what he must do, not what pleases him. God's truth, boy, what kind of world would this be if every man did what pleased him alone? Who would plough the fields and reap the harvest, if every man had the right to say, 'I don't want to do that.' In this world there is a place for every man, but every man must know his place.”
Wilbur Smith, Monsoon


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