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Wilbur Smith

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Wilbur Smith is a renowned South African novelist and is one of the most prolific and celebrated authors of historical fiction. His bestselling novels take readers on thrilling adventures set in distant lands and past eras where the setting become active participants in every story. With an incrRead moreedible body of work spanning six decades, Smith had published 49 books and sold over 140 million copies by his death in 2021.

Born in Zambia in 1933, Smith spent his early years on his father's 25,000-acre ranch of forest, hills, and savannah, which greatly influenced his passion for writing adventure and historical fiction novels. He published his debut novel, When the Lion Feeds, in 1964 which marked the beginning of his prolific writing career. Set in colonial South Africa, it follows the lives of two brothers, Sean and Garrick Courtney, as they navigate personal ambitions, family bonds, nd the Zulu and Boer Wars. This novel introduced readers to the Courtney family saga and contributed to his popularity within historical and adventure fiction within African settings.

One of the defining characteristics of Wilbur's writing is his ability to make settings feel like integral characters in his novels. He transports readers to distant places with rich historical descriptions and a deep sense of place to let them experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the setting. Settings also often mirror the struggles and conflicts faced by his characters. The harsh and unforgiving landscapes become a formidable force that tests the characters' strength and resilience. The untamed wilderness of African landscapes, the deserts of Egypt, the bustling cities of Johannesburg, and the treacherous waters of the high seas all come alive on the pages, shaping the actions and decisions of the characters.

Smith's literary prowess did not only captivate readers but also the attention of the entertainment industry, leading to television and movie adaptations of his bestselling novels such as Shout at the Devil and Burning Shore. Smith's signature style, characterized by its blend of researched historical settings, dynamic characters, and gripping narratives sets him apart as a true master of adventure and historical fiction and has earned him a devoted and steadily expanding fanbase over the years.

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  • A Falcon Flies

    The Ballantyne Series 1

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    Series Book 1 - Ballantyne Series
    BOOK 1 IN THE BALLANTYNE SERIES BY INTERNATIONAL SENSATION WILBUR SMITH'Best historical novelist' - Stephen King'A master storyteller' - Sunday Times'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' - The Times'No one does adventure quite like Smith' - Daily MirrorA DISHONOURABLE MAN. AN HONOURABLE ... ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • King of Kings

    The Ballantynes and Courtneys meet in an epic story of love and betrayal

    BOOK 6 IN THE BALLANTYNE SERIES, BY INTERNATIONAL SENSATION WILBUR SMITH'Best historical novelist' - Stephen King'A master storyteller' - Sunday Times'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' - The Times'No one does adventure quite like Smith' - Daily MirrorDIVIDED BY WAR. UNITED BY LOVE.</s... ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • Eagle in the Sky

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    An action-packed story of love, duty and destiny, by global sensation Wilbur Smith.'A master storyteller' - Sunday Times'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' - The Times'No one does adventure quite like Smith' - Daily MirrorThe higher you fly, the harder you fall . . .From a young age it's clear that David Morgan is a 'bird', a natural pilot, most at hom... ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    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 ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • The Burning Shore

    The Courtney Series 4

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    Series Book 4 - Courtney series
    BOOK 4 IN THE EPIC HISTORICAL SAGA OF THE COURTNEY FAMILY, FROM INTERNATIONAL SENSATION WILBUR SMITH'Smith will take you on an exciting, taut and thrilling journey you will never forget' - Sun'With Wilbur Smith the action is never further than the turn of a page' - Independent'No one does adventure quite like Smith' - Daily MirrorLOVE IN A TIME OF WAR. HOPE IN A TIME OF CRISIS.One of the gr... ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Prey Zone

    An explosive, action-packed teen thriller to sink your teeth into!

    Series Book 1 - Prey Zone
    AN EXPLOSIVE WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE FOR TEEN READERS!The next generation of Ballantynes fight a terrifying new threat in this adrenaline-fuelled adventure...Ralph and Robyn live at Crocodile Lodge, their family ranch in South Africa. They follow in their famous forebear's footsteps, helping animals, aiding conservation efforts and learning the land. That is, until a mysterious predator starts ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • Call of the Raven

    The unforgettable Sunday Times bestselling novel of love and revenge

    The action-packed and gripping historical adventure by global sensation Wilbur Smith, about one man's quest for revenge.'An exciting, taut and thrilling journey you will never forget' - SunTHE DESIRE FOR REVENGE CAN BURN THE HEART OUT OF A MANThe son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Mungo St John is accustomed to wealth and luxury - until he returns from university to discover ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Predator

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    Series Book 3 - Hector Cross
    From the master storyteller comes a breakneck thriller. Hector Cross is Predator. Let the hunt begin.They murdered his wife. They destroyed his future. Now they have to pay.Hector Cross, ex-SAS officer, private security expert, widower. His wife was taken much too soon, by a cruel man with evil intentions.Johnny Congo, psychopath, extortionist, terrorist, the man who murdered Hector's wife. Cross ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Eye of the Tiger

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    An action-packed and unputdownable thriller by global sensation Wilbur Smith.'A master storyteller' - Sunday Times'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' - The Times'No one does adventure quite like Smith' - Daily MirrorHe left that life behind. But that life hasn't left him . . .The hard-won peace of Harry Fletcher's life is about to be shattered when the... ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Pharaoh

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    A thrilling new instalment in Wilbur Smith's beloved Egyptian series.‘A blazing trip into the land of the Pharaohs from a giant of a writer' Australian Women's WeeklyEgypt is under attack. All seems lost.After snatching victory from almost-certain defeat, ex-slave Taita, general of Egypt's armies, returns in triumph to the ancient city of Luxor. But the old ruler has died and a new Pharaoh has ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD $13.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Warlock

    The Egyptian Series 3

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    Series series Egypt Series
    BOOK 3 IN THE ICONIC ANCIENT EGYPT SERIES, BY THE MASTER OF ADVENTURE, WILBUR SMITH'Best historical novelist' - Stephen King'A master storyteller' - Sunday Times'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' - The Times'No one does adventure quite like Smith' - Daily MirrorA RULER DRIVEN BY GREED... ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Men of Men

    The Ballantyne Series 2

    by Wilbur Smith ...
    Series Book 2 - Ballantyne Series
    BOOK 2 IN THE BALLANTYNE SERIES, BY INTERNATIONAL SENSATION WILBUR SMITH'Best historical novelist' - Stephen King'A master storyteller' - Sunday Times'Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared' - The Times'No one does adventure quite like Smith' - Daily MirrorA RUTHLESS MAN. AN UNFORGIVING DES... ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD