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Wilbur Smith: I’ve seen a lot of ugly things when it comes to killing

Wilbur Smith: I’ve seen a lot of ugly things when it comes to killing

Wilbur Smith has made a huge impact on the world of literature.
In 1964 his first book 'When the Lion Feeds' was sold within 5 days after submission. Ever since his portfolio of work takes us to forgotten worlds with a wealth of history steeped in brutal violence, relationships, language and characters.

His Egyptian series began with 'River God' back in 1994 telling the story of the freed eunuch slave Taita. After 'River God' came 'The Seventh Scroll', 'Warlock' and 'The Quest'.

Now Wilbur returns with a blockbuster of a book ‘Desert God’ reintroducing us to Taita once again, taking us back to the raw, vast open landscape of Ancient Egypt.

Wilbur talks to BookD about how he brought the terrain to life, how Taita lives for him in his mind and how the power of the eunuch enabled Smith to write about the brain of warfare rather than the brawn.

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