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Who was Wilbur Smith?

Wilbur Smith (9 January 1933 – 13 November 2021) was a Zambian-born South African novelist specializing in historical fiction about international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families.

Best-selling author Wilbur Smith dies aged 88

Best-selling author Wilbur Smith dies aged 88
Best-selling author Wilbur Smith dies aged 88

Novelist Wilbur Smith has died aged 88 at his home in Cape Town.

The internationally acclaimed Zambia-born author died on Saturday after a morning of reading and writing with his wife Niso, his publisher Bonnier Books said in a statement.

Smith published 49 novels throughout his career, selling more than 140 million copies worldwide.

The statement said: “Wilbur Smith’s very first novel When The Lion Feeds, published in 1964, was an instant bestseller and each of his subsequent novels has featured in the bestseller charts, often at number one, earning the author the opportunity to travel far and wide in search of inspiration and adventure.

It said Smith was a “passionate advocate of adventure fiction”, adding: “He has transported his readers to gold mines in South Africa, piracy on the Indian Ocean, buried treasure on tropical islands, conflict in Arabia and Khartoum, ancient Egypt, World War Two Germany and Paris, India, the Americas and the Antarctic, encountering ruthless diamond and slave traders and big game hunters in the jungles and bush of the African wilderness.

“However, it was with Taita, the hero of his acclaimed Egyptian Series, that Wilbur most strongly identified, and River God remains one of his best-loved novels to this day.”

Smith’s long-term literary agent, Kevin Conroy Scott, said: “Wilbur Smith was an icon, larger than life, beloved by his fans who collected his books in hardbacks and passed his work down through generations, fathers to sons and mothers to daughters.

Wilbur Smith Biography, Wiki

The best selling author, Wilbur Smith was born on January 9, 1933 in Kabwe, Zambia. Best known for his intriguing stories set in Africa during the 16th and 17th century eras, Wilbur takes his reader on a historical ride of fiction revolving around the influence of the English and Dutch in Southern Africa.

Smith was struck with an episode of cerebral malaria in infancy. Although the doctors did not give any hope of a normal life for Smith after the disease, Smith, however, survived it and surely did not grow up to lead a normal life. He became a best selling and exceptional writer.

His adventurous childhood was spent roaming around his father’s 12,000 hectare ranch where he played with the small black sons of ranch workers. The boys would spend long afternoons on the ranch hiking, hunting and trapping small birds and mammals by making use of their slingshots.

At night, his mother would read him novels full of excitement and escape which developed in Wilbur an early interest for reading and writing. Wilbur Smith was primarily educated at a boarding school, Cordwalles Preparatory School in Natal and also at Michaelhouse, located on the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. At Michaelhouse, Wilbur wrote most of the content of a school newspaper he had started.

Wilbur Smith Biography Wikipedia
Wilbur Smith
Born9 January 1933
Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia
Died13 November 2021 (aged 88)
Cape Town, South Africa
OccupationNovelist
GenreNature, adventure
Notable worksWhen the Lion Feeds
The Dark of the Sun
Shout at the Devil
The Sunbird
Eagle in the Sky
SpouseAnne Rennie (1957–1962)
Jewell Slabbart (1964 – unknown date)
Danielle Thomas (1971–1999)
Mokhiniso Rakhimova (2000–2021)
ChildrenShaun
Christian
Lawrence
Websitewilbursmithbooks.com

Wilbur Smith Career

Moving on to obtaining a higher education, Wilbur enrolled at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa becoming a journalist upon graduation. He wrote excessively about the social issues and conditions in South Africa.

However, his father who had never been supportive of Wilbur’s writing, insisted him to get a real job. Therefore, Wilbur studied further to become a Chartered Accountant. Smith married and had two children. The marriage, however, ended in a disastrous divorce when Smith was only twenty-four.

Smith was held responsible for paying an allowance and child support which left him completely broke. Wilbur turned back to writing in an attempt to fix his life. His first novel, The Gods First Make Mad was rejected and he was forced to resume working as a tax accountant.

But the urge to write pinned him again and in 1964, Wilbur published his first successful novel, When the Lion Feeds. The story is a blend of African history, perspectives of white and black people, hate, love, hunting, gold mining and women. Smith decided to become a full time writer when the book was offered a film deal Wilbur accepted.

Wilbur Smith Personal Life

His first two marriages were unsuccessful and resulted in three children. He had two sons, Lawrence and Shaun, and one daughter Christian. In 1971, he married one of his huge fans, Danielle Thomas.

The two remained married for 28 years until she passed away from debilitating cancer. He also adopted his third wife’s son from a previous relationship, Dieter Schmidt.

In 2000, he married Mokhiniso Rakhimova. She is 39 years younger than him, but the couple has been successful and they are currently living happily together.

This prolific author has sold more than 120 million novels around the world and has been named a global number one bestseller. His books have inspired nine films, mini TV series, and screenplays.

Wilbur Smith Awards

His first award, the form prize for best English Essay, was given to him while he was still in boarding school. He had become the young protégé of an English master and this award opened up his eyes that he could pursue a writing career.

In 2002, he was awarded the Inaugural Sport Shooting Ambassador Award. It was given to him by the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities.

Wilbur Smith FAQ’s

Who was Wilbur Smith?

Wilbur Smith (9 January 1933 – 13 November 2021) was a Zambian-born South African novelist specializing in historical fiction about international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families.

How old was Wilbur Smith?

Wilbur Smith died at 88.

What is Wilbur Smith’s ethnicity?

Wilbur Smith was a Zambian-born South African.

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