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Breakfast Thursday, 6 March, 2003, 05:51 GMT
Wilbur Smith's latest adventure
Author Wilbur Smith live on BBC Breakfast
If you're one of Wilbur Smith's millions of fans around the world, you're probably desperate to know what will happen to Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian.

At the close of Smith's last novel, Monsoon, the pair had finally reached The Cape of Good Hope to start a new life in South Africa.

Blue Horizon - published tomorrow (Friday) - follows them as they travel along the infamous Roberts' Road, to stake their claim in Southern Africa.

  • Wilbur Smith dropped in to the Breakfast studio this morning.

    He revealed how he met his new wife in a bookstore - when she was contemplating buying a book by a rival author.

    And he also told us how he sits down on the same date - February 6 - every second year, to write his next book.


    Farming family

    Wilbur Smith, who's 70 this year, is one of the world's most successful and prolific novelists.

    All 28 of his books are still in print - and they've been translated into 26 languages.

    But Smith's choice of career wasn't obvious from the start.

    He was born into a white colonial farming family in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). His father boasted that he'd never read a book in his life: he preferred farming and hunting instead.

    The young Wilbur wanted to be a journalist, but his father disapproved. So, he became a civil servant instead - and only took up writing when his first marriage collapsed.

  • Blue Horizon is published by Macmillan in hardback at 18.99. ISBN: 0 333 76135 9
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