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The style & technique of WILBUR SMITH

Tony Rossiter looks at a writer famed for his action-packed stories and love of Africa


His rollicking adventure stories have drawn comparisons with the work of the Victorian adventure writer H Rider Haggard and sold in excess of an astonishing 220 million.

Wilbur Smith has written around a dozen stand-alone novels, but he’s best known for two separate sagas, the Courtneys and the Ballantynes, which chronicle the lives of white families in Africa over several centuries, and a third set in Egypt at the time of the pharaohs. Stephen King, a fan of Smith’s work, has described them as ‘swashbuckling novels where the bodices rip and the blood flows’.

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