Wilbur Smith (Author of River God)
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From savagery in the savannah to treachery on the high seas or espionage in the Third Reich, find your next Wilbur adventure here. The first three Ballantyne books focus on the drive for colonial wealth and the bitter struggle between black and white in Rhodesia's brief history. The fourth and last of the sequence shows the re-emergence of ancient tribal rivalries, African pitted against African. The 'Courtney' novels trace the fortunes, and misfortunes, of this sprawling, ambitious family, from the dawn of the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century, starting with When The Lion Feeds. Set in the land of the ancient Pharaohs, this quartet vividly describes ancient Egypt and has a cast of unforgettable characters. Also see the 'family trees' and information about the major characters, as well as a map of Egypt relating to the Warlock era.
Wilbur Addison Smith born 9 January  is a British novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families. An accountant by training, he gained a film contract with his first published novel When the Lion Feeds. This encouraged him to become a full-time writer, and he developed three long chronicles of the South African experience which all became best-sellers. He still acknowledges his publisher Charles Pick's advice to "write about what you know best", and his work takes in much authentic detail of the local hunting and mining way of life, along with the romance and conflict that goes with it. As of his 35 published novels had sold more than million copies, 24 million of them in Italy.
Wilbur's stories span two millennia and much of the globe - not to mention several legendary family dynasties. Use the filter options below to find a book in your ideal historical period, location, or featuring Release Date (newest - oldest )▾.
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Chronological Order of Courtney Books
After spending 45 years with Macmillian, New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith made headlines back in when he signed a six-book deal with HarperCollins. During a long career that saw him sell more than million copies of his books around the world, Smith has gained a loyal following of readers. His last two deals have been more in line with fellow writers James Patterson and Clive Cussler, who each churn out a number of books every year, made possible by their use of co-authors, who help streamline the process from conception to publication. See the cover art and plot details below. Paris, Torn apart by war, Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, both struggling for their lives.