On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
by Wilbur Smith
Editor: Zaffre Publishing
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Wilbur Smith had an incredible adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that inspired his fiction.I’ve written novels for people over 50.I was lucky enough to miss the great wars and not get shot at, but the chance to grow up among the heroes who served in them and learn from their exampleI’ve been lucky in things all the time.I did things that seemed appalling at the time, even disastrous, but apart from them came another story or a deeper knowledge of human nature and the ability to better express myself on paper and write books that people enjoy readingAlong the way, I lived a life I could never have imaginedI had the privilege of meeting people from all corners of the globe, I was where my heart wanted and in the process of my books took readers from many, many placesI always say that I started wars, burned cities and killed hundreds of thousands of people – but only in my imaginationFrom being attacked by lions for close encounters with mortal reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush, without water, to analyzing the precariousness of gold mine tunnels, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash to the landing of a Cessna plane, from the brutality of school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us that the intimate stories of his life that were the raw material ofAlways frank, sometimes hilarious and never less vibrant entertaining, On Leopard Rockis testament of a writer whose life is rich and eventful that his novels are irresistibly unputdownable
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