Wilbur Addison Smith (born 9 January 1933) is a South African-British author. He mostly writes historical fiction books set in Southern Africa. His best known books include When the Lion Feeds, The Burning Shore, River God and The Seventh Scroll. He has three major book sets, The Courtney Novels, The Ballantyne Novels and the Ancient Egypt series. As of 2017, he has written forty books since 1964. He has sold over 120 million copies in total.
Smith was born in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia (now Kabwe, Zambia). He was educated in South Africa. He has been married four times: the first two marriages ended in divorce, his third wife died of brain cancer in 1999, and he married his current wife in 2000. He has four children. He lives in London.