'When the Lion Feeds' by Wilbur Smith

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$14.50

If you love Africa and love adventure stories, you will love Wilbur Smith. Set in the 1870s in Natal, this drama covers Zulu Wars, beautiful women, big game hunting, and pioneer spirit in Africa.

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Born and raised in Africa, Wilbur Smith crafts page-turning novels of adventure in Africa. When the Lion Feeds is no exception. The first in the Courtney series, readers of adventure fiction will find their fix in the dramas faced by Sean Courtney and his family.

Born in the 1860s, the Courtney twins are fated to be rivals, competing for the inheritance of the family farm. This novel follows their lives in South Africa, following the changes in the nation through the Zulu Wars and, later, the inevitable changes brought on by the rush of settlers and industrial development in pursuit of gold.

Very different men, their lives are unavoidably influenced by family loyalties, war, women, and the alluring prospect of gold. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Smith creates a portal into the open plains of a past Africa which is thrilling and addictive. Wilbur Smith is a definite vacation read for pure escapism - even more so for when you are on safari.

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"Wilbur Smith has built up his wide-screen adventure story with energy and shrewdness." - The Sunday Times

"Mr Smith is a natural story-teller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitement." - The Scotsman

"A very impressive book in its wide scope and its descriptive colour." - Sphere

"Pride of place goes to When the Lion Feeds because it is bigger, wider and more full of plot than all the others put together." - The Daily Telegraph
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The Times


7 Mar 2018

Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared


Steve Adams, The Safari Store


7 Mar 2018

This review section is usually reserved for our customers, but I simply had to be the first to recommend 'When the Lion Feeds'. Wilbur Smith is a master storyteller. No one else is as good at capturing the dust, thorns and romance of Africa. He provides readers with pure Africa escapism, and this book will make a rapid page turnover of even the slowest reader. Reading this book you can just about smell the earth before an African storm, and you will develop a distant look in your eye. Be warned, it will leave you aching for the wilderness and drama of the African continent. Perhaps book your next safari before reading this!


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