Wilbur Smith has had numerous best-selling books, the first of which was his debut novel, "When the Lion Feeds." The former accountant earned immediate success and a film contract with his initial effort, a character-driven action-adventure set against the backdrop of the wild and war-torn African wilderness.
Smith went on to write numerous other books, including a trio of epic chronicles exploring different aspects of the African experience. All of these lengthy chronicles, the Courtney series, the Ballantyne series and the Ancient Egypt series, became best-sellers, enjoying commercial success as well as garnering critical praise. Several works were also adapted into motion pictures or television projects.