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Date Of BirthJanuary 9, 1933
SpouseMokhiniso Smith, Danielle Antoinette Thomas
FactA bestselling author of adventure fiction, Smith became a full-time writer in 1964. Later, he would finance expeditions in Africa and Alaska.

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. His father was a gold miner and his mother was a schoolteacher. He has two brothers and one sister. He was educated at Michaelhouse, a boarding school in Natal, South Africa. He then studied at Rhodes University in Cape Town, where he graduated with a degree in economics.

He began his career as a journalist, working for various newspapers in South Africa. He then became a full-time writer, and his first novel, When the Lion Feeds, was published in 1964. It was an instant success, and he has since written over 30 novels, many of them best-sellers. His books have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 130 million copies worldwide.

He is married to Danielle Thomas, with whom he has two children. His net worth is estimated to be $60 million.

Wilbur Smith is a world-renowned author of action-packed historical novels. He is best known for his Courtney series, which chronicles the lives of three generations of a British family in Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries. His other popular series include the Egyptian Chronicles, the Ballantyne novels, and the Birds of Prey series. His novels are noted for their fast-paced plots, vivid descriptions of settings and characters, and action-packed scenes of adventure.

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Full NameWilbur Smith
Date Of BirthJanuary 9, 1933
Place Of BirthKabwe, Zambia
ProfessionAuthor, Accountant, Novelist
EducationCordwalles Preparatory School, Rhodes University


SpouseMokhiniso Smith, Danielle Antoinette Thomas
ChildrenChristian Smith, Kawrence Smith, Dieter Schmidt, Shaun Smith
ParentsElfreda Smith, Herbert James Smith


MoviesDiamond Hunters, Shout at the Devil, The Kingfisher Caper, Gold, Dark of the Sun, The Last Lion

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1What I like about writing is the sense of godlike power it gives you. You can take up lives and squander them, you can fight battles, you can commit gang rapes - and you haven't hurt anybody.
2Quite frankly, I think political correctness is the worst form of censorship. You're not allowed to speak your mind unless you're black, or unless you're a terrorist, or unless you're an Arab or a minority people. Then you can say what you like. But if you are like a lot of us you are not supposed to say certain things.


1Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 134, pages 420-423. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
2A bestselling author of adventure fiction, Smith became a full-time writer in 1964. Later, he would finance expeditions in Africa and Alaska.



The Diamond Hunters2001TV Mini-Series novel - 2 episodes
The Seventh Scroll1999TV Mini-Series writer - 2 episodes
Wild Justice1994TV Movie novel
Mountain of Diamonds1991TV Movie novel
Shout at the Devil1976book "Shout at the Devil" / screenplay
The Kingfisher Caper1975novel - uncredited
Gold1974novel "Gold Mine" / screenplay
The Last Lion1972screenplay
Dark of the Sun1968novel "The Dark of the Sun" - as Wilbur A. Smith


The Crime Thriller Club2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Author
Na plovárne2007TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast with Frost2004TV SeriesHimself

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