I hate politics. I like to write about it, but to get involved in it, to try and make a lot of ignorant people do what you want them to do, waste of time. Go and write a book. It's more important and it'll last longer.

Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: British

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I'm a feminist. The women in my books in recent years have been powerful characters and I love to see a woman with a cute bottom walking past.

I grew up in Rhodesia on my father's ranch and every year he used to take us on safari in some remote area of the wilderness.

As regards to personal safety, you do have to be careful not to put yourself at risk when travelling in South Africa. You don't want to go out exploring at night, for example.

To me, my characters are more real than most people I meet.

I'm not a prophet; I can only use historical reality to come to a view of the future, and my view is that Africa will return to being African and not European. The advent of colonialism was foreign to the country itself, but it will return to what it was before the Europeans arrived.

My first novel was rejected by some of the most eminent publishers in the world. Starting again was a real wrench.

What I like about writing is the sense of godlike power it gives you.

It's probably true that everyone has a book in them, although it may not be a very good one.

I'm not a prophet I can only use historical reality to come to a view of the future, and my view is that Africa will return to being African and not European. The advent of colonialism was foreign to the country itself, but it will return to what it was before the Europeans arrived.

I read a lot of biographies and books with an African background.

My absolute favorite pieces are 'Rhapsody in Blue' and 'Begin the Beguine.' I play these when I am working.

This first print run of the first edition of my first novel, 'When The Lion Feeds.' back in 1964, is so rare it can fetch several thousand pounds at auction. I always wanted to be an author, and I decided to write about what I knew.

Many people have compared me to the Victorian adventure writer, Rider Haggard. I accept that as a compliment. As a boy growing up in Central Africa I read all Haggard's African novels.

I think one of the most poignant things is unrequited love and loneliness.