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Smith, Wilbur. ELEPHANT SONG - MacMillan 1991

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Elephant Song by Wilbur Smith. 1991 - MacMillan. For sale is a first edition, first printing. very good used hardback book in a good dust jacket.

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For sale is a very good hardback copy of the novel, Elephant Song by Wilbur Smith, published in 1991 by MacMillan.

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Title Elephant Song
Author Wilbur Smith
Publisher MacMillan
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1991
ISBN 0333555090
Cover Price 15.99
No. Pages 451
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.84

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has blue boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight with some creasing to the spine.

The good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £15.99. It has a little creasing to the edges and a nick to the join of the front cover and spine.

Overall a very good copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith was born on January 9, 1933 in what was then Northern Rhodesia and is now Zambia. At the age of eighteen months baby Wilbur was struck down by cerebral malaria, delirious for ten days, and doctors warned that he could be brain-damaged if he survived.

Survive he most certainly did, and as he grew up he began to share his mother's interest in novels. Her tastes were wide-ranging but they included adventure novels, which the young Wilbur devoured. In conjunction with the magnificent environment in which he was growing up, these forays into the world of the imagination made him intensely aware of his surroundings: the wildlife, the vast open spaces, the freedom to roam the country and the political tensions too.

Smith's desire to write first showed itself when he was a young man with his heart set on becoming a journalist so that he could chronicle the rapidly changing social situations of southern Africa. His stern, Victorian father, who never read a book in his life, had other ideas, however. 'Don't be a bloody fool,' he said. 'You'll starve to death. Get a real job.'

Synopsis of this title

Blood was the fertiliser that made the African soil bloom...' From under the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon and the deep, brooding forests of the Tall Trees, to the hidden opulence of  Taiwan and the panelled boardrooms of  power in the heart of London, a rough, determined man and a dedicated woman begin their fight against the forces of greed, evil and corruption …

In Zimbabwe, Doctor Daniel Armstrong, world-famous author and TV naturalist, returns to the game reserve of his youth - Chiwewe National Park in Zimbabwe to film a new series about the realities of wildlife in modern day Africa. Dan Armstrong is after the truth about Africa, notthe pretty pictures: like the unrecognised truth that elephants must be slaughtered in their hundreds to preserve the balance between the animals and their environment. Both the meat and the ivory are then sold to pay far the park's upkeep. Dan and his cameraman Jock film the destruction of an elephant family, closing in as their blood stains the soil and their death song echoes around the stillness of the valley. They are joined by Johnny Nazou, the Matabele chief warden and an old bush friend of Dan's.

Chiwewe is full of memories for both men, Dan's wife is buried there, and he has not been back since her death. But another visitor to the park arouses Dan's suspicions; Ning Cheng Gong, the Chinese ambassador in Harare. Ning, an ivory expert from a rich Taiwanese family, has feigned an interest in wildlife to visit the park…

In London, anthropologist Kelly Kinnear is forced into violent confrontation with the shareholders of the most powerful conglomerate in the City of London; warning them of the destruction of an African country and of a people - the Bambuti - she has come to love as her own.

Combining breathtaking realism with thrilling suspense, Elephant Song is a journey deep into the heart of a wild, magnificent continent, threatened for ever by the destructive hand of man.

Reviews of this title


"Compelling...Adventure, realism, and suspense are the stuff of Wilbur Smith's books....This story transcends any formula by making its case, passionately, for the human hunger for justice."----The Christian Science Monitor

"Filled with intrigue and adventure on almost every page...Smith pulls his readers to the edge of their seats....For those who love an exciting adventure novel, this is one that will be difficult to put down."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

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