Goodbye Wilbur

I met Wilbur Smith in the very early Bookwitch days. I have still not read anything by him. Suspect I’ve felt he wasn’t my style, and there were so many other books.

But over the years he’s stood out as one of the greats, and it was fun to come across him at what was then my local bookshop. Handy. As you can see below, a lot of fans had come a long way, with their rucksacks full of books not bought at that bookshop. I think it’s the type of fan that tells me about an author whom I don’t know well, or at all.

And now he’s dead. But 88 is a good age, and it seems he wasn’t ill, but died with his boots on, so to speak.

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