– Wilbur Smith, one of the most prolific and famous authors in the world, died in Cape Town, South Africa. He was 88 years old.
Smith began to devote himself full time to fiction in 1964 and has since published numerous novels, based on careful research and exciting explorations conducted in every corner of the planet. He is considered the undisputed “master of adventure” and is one of the greatest authors of bestsellers: over 120 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide (25 million in Italy alone).
Most of his novels are linked to Africa, his homeland. Many of Smith’s novels are set in the 16th and 17th centuries and chronicle settlements in southern Africa, helping to explain the rise and historical influence of English and Dutch settlers in those territories. Among his major successes: The fate of the lion, The burning beach, The river god, The seventh papyrus, Like the sea.