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Wilbur Smith Books In Order

Publication Order of Courtney Books

When the Lion Feeds (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sound of Thunder (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sparrow Falls (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burning Shore (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Power of the Sword (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rage (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time to Die (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Fox (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Birds of Prey (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monsoon (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumph of the Sun (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assegai (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Lion (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Courtney Books

Birds of Prey (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Lion (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monsoon (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Horizon (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Lion Feeds (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumph of the Sun (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sound of Thunder (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assegai (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Burning Shore (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sparrow Falls (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Power of the Sword (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rage (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Fox (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time to Die (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ballantyne Books

A Falcon Flies (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Men of Men (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Angels Weep (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Leopard Hunts in Darkness (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumph of the Sun (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Ballantyne Books

A Falcon Flies (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Men of Men (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumph of the Sun (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Angels Weep (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Leopard Hunts in Darkness (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Egyptian Books

River God (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seventh Scroll (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warlock (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quest (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desert God (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pharaoh (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Egyptian Books

River God (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desert God (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pharaoh (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warlock (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quest (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seventh Scroll (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hector Cross Books

Those in Peril (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vicious Circle (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Predator (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Dark of the Sun (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shout at the Devil (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gold Mine (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Diamond Hunters (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sunbird (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eagle in the Sky (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eye of the Tiger (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cry Wolf (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hungry as the Sea (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Justice (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elephant Song (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Wilbur Smith Biography:

Son of Herbert and Elfreda Lawrence James Smith, Wilbur Addison Smith was born in Broken Hill, Zambia, on the 9th of January 1933. The young Wilbur graduated in Commercial Sciences in 1954 at the Natal and Rhodes University. Once he graduated, he joined the Goodyear Tires and Rubber Co. of Port Elisabeth, where he worked from 1954 until 1958. He then became a member of the H. J. Smith and Son Ltd. of Salisbury (Zambia) and worked for the company until 1963. In 1964 he began collaborating with Salisbury Inland Revenue. During the same year he also published his very first novel entitled ” When The Lion Feeds”. The book itself and the energies he spent during the writing process convinced the author to become a full time writer. His novels are set in Africa, the continent where the author was born and also the place he loved the most, and their plots usually have a political flavor. As a matter of fact, his dream was to be a journalist to explore social and political issues related to South Africa. His father, however, pushed him to find a ” real job “, forcing him to study in order to become a business expert.

His Writings

His novels are divided into different groups, which he called series: the Courteney series, the Ballantyne series and the Egyptians series. While his career was evolving, he also got married (throughout his life he will marry 4 women), and his third wife, Danielle Antoinette Thomas with whom he married in 1971, became one of his greatest sources of inspiration. The woman, however, died on the 29th of December 1999 after a long illness. As he lost her he also lost an important muse.

The first steps of Wilbur Smith’s career as a writer are very difficult. The first twenty (20) publishers who review his work, in fact, reject him. This rejection, however, became a positive element for the artistic development of the author: in fact, he decides to focus first and foremost on what he loves, the fantastic African landscapes, the people who lived there, the African history and the wild flora and fauna of the continent. From this new focus came the first published novel, “When-The-Lion-Feeds”, the first book of the Courteney series. It was, however, the meeting with Danielle that really pushed him towards the second phase of his professional blossoming. Thanks to her, the love scenes in his novels acquired a peculiar grace and the characters suddenly became more refined and credible. The complicity of the couple is also manifested in the dedications: every book Wilbur writes is dedicated to his wife. It is also said that he decided to begin a new book on every wedding anniversary.

His Success

Over the course of his career, the writer has sold over 80 million copies, and his novels have been translated into countless languages. The ingredients of its success are: precious materials, indigenous elements, wild animals, sweet and beautiful girls, young men, strong and determined, courageous women, death, blood, love, anger and betrayal – a mix of strong emotions. The places he describes are evocative, strong and wild, and the situations are often unexpected and shocking. As a child, Wilbur Smith loved reading C.S. Forester, John Buchan and H. Rider Haggard. He also wildly admired Lawrence Durrell, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Robert Graves, and, in some way, the influence of these great artists is extremely clear in his books. Undoubtedly, however, the level that the adventure genre has reached thanks to the intricate plots and the pace of Wilbur Smith’s writings is his own, personal achievement. He is truly a unique writer.

Wilbur Smith currently lives in England, despite having always stated that he fells African and that Africa has always been his main inspiration. To be completely fair, he has never failed to express his concern about the struggles the nature and the people of his native-continent face everyday. Africa is always in his heart.

His Books

When-The-Lion-Feeds is the first adventure book published by Wilbur Smith. It tells the story of two brothers, Sean and Garrick Courtney, who meet a large antelope on their way back home. They decide to hunt it, using their father’s gun, but in an attempt to hit the animal, Sean shoots Garrick, who loses a leg. From that moment Sean becomes the protector of his brother. After leaving school, both brothers begin working as ranchers and Sean falls in love with Anna, a beautiful and sweet young woman. Meanwhile, the Zulu and the white ranchers begin to fight, and the resulting war proves to be a massacre for the white people, numerically overwhelmed. Sean takes part in the war, he miraculously survives and he decides to hide until he can run back home. Meanwhile, however, Anna, pregnant with Sean, believes her lover died and marries Garrick …

The Sound of Thunder, published in 1966, is the continuation of the story of Sean Courtney. This time, the man decides to go hunting elephants with his child, but when he comes back he finds himself in the middle of the war between the British and the Boers. He decides to join the battle to save those he loves and his beloved Africa.

Wilbur Smith and the Big Screen

Various books of the well-known African writer became movies. The first one among them was The Dark of the Sun, originally published in the year 1965, which became the film The Mercenaries in 1968. Then it was the turn of Shout at the Devil, who appeared on the big screen with the same title of the literary work in the year 1976. Lee Marvin, Roger Moore and Barbara Parkins were the stars of the movie. Gold Mine, published in the year 1970, became Gold and was released in the year 1974. Once again, Roger Moore was the artist chosen to play the protagonist. Finally, the most recent adaptations: River God (published in the year 1993) and The Seventh-Scroll (published in the year 1995) were converted into a mini series titled The Seventh Scroll, which was released in 1999. Jeff Fahey, Roy Scheider and Karina Lombard were among the stars of the series.

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  • jason raymond

    I don’t agree with you chronological order of the Egyptian series. I think Desert God must come after River God. Reason being Desert God is about Bekatha and Tehuti, who are the daughters of Lostris and the aunties of Nefer Seti, the main man in Warlock?

  • possum’s _back!

    This is out of date, because the Book “Golden Lion” is missing altogether

    • http://www.8amBeerPong.com Graeme

      Nope Golden Lion is on there.

      • possum’s _back!

        Then it is out of order. It should be between Birds of Prey, and Monsoon, because that is where it continues the story. It isn’t just a “stand alone Novel”

        • http://www.8amBeerPong.com Graeme

          Thanks – processed the update in the database should be live soon.

          • possum’s _back!

            Cool! And you are welcome!

  • Alan Walker

    There is another book to add. Pharaoh is a new book in the Egyptian series, I believe it fits in between Desert God and Warlock.