This first volume of the second Courtney sequence, The Burning
Shore is a marvellous epic of courage and love that moves from the
blazing skies of war torn France to the secret heart of the African
It is the odyssey of a beautiful young woman of aristocratic birth, Centaine de Thiry, in search of love and fortune – a monumental journey of mystery and discovery.
Once again in The Burning Shore Wilbur Smith proves that he is the master storyteller. Whether his subject is love or war, whether he is describing the conflict of men and machines above the trenches of 1917 or the onslaught of a ravenous man-eating lion, he writes with such authority and hypnotic attention to detail that the reader is swept away on the torrent of the narrative.
Magnificently exciting, full of vivid action, passion and mystery, The Burning Shore is certainly one of the richest and most entertaining adventure stories of our time.
About the Author
Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds in 1964 he became a full-time writer, and has since written 30 novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into 26 different languages.
'Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on.' – The Sunday Times
Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.'
– Evening Standard
'A natural storyteller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitements' – The Scotsman
' Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan.' – The Guardian
Praise for "Burning Shore"
'Wilbur Smith is an adept at thrilling and harrowing scenes, researches his facts, gets it all too horribly spot-on.' - "The Sunday Times"
'Wilbur Smith ... writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.' - "Evening Standard"
'A natural storyteller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitements' - "The Scotsman"
' Wilbur has arguably the best sense of place of any adventure writer since John Buchan.' - "The Guardian"
'An epic novel . . . it would be hard to think of a theme that was more appropriate today ... Smith writes with a great passion for the soul of Africa' - "Today"
Praise for Wilbur Smith
"Smith is a master." --"Publishers Weekly"
"One of the world's most popular adventure writers." --"The Washington Post Book World
""A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship." --"Tulsa World"
"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." --"The Times" (UK)
"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King
"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--"The Washington Post Book World"
"The world's leading adventure writer." --"Daily Express" (UK)
"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--"Sunday Times"
"Smith is a captivating storyteller." --"The Orlando Sentinel"
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." --"Daily Mirror" (UK)
"A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books." --"The Irish Times"
Number Of Pages: 632
Published: February 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 10.7 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.29