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Title: Gold Mine
Description: London, England: World Books, 1971. Reprint. Hardcover. This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping and rubbing. The text pages are mostly clean and bright, but have some beginning generalized toning. The dust jacket has generalized rubbing, several small edge tears, some nicking and a couple of beginning chips missing. "Smith's agent in London, Ursula Winant, managed to sell the book to William Heinemann for an advance of 2000 pounds and an initial print run of 10,000 copies. The book went on to be successful, selling around the world (except in South Africa, where it was banned) and enabling Smith to leave his job and work full-time. Charles Pick, who bought the book for Heinemann, later became Smith's mentor and agent. Smith says Pick gave him advice he never forgot: "Write for yourself, and write about what you know best." Pick also advised: "Don't talk about your books with anybody, even me, until they are written." Smith has said that, "Until it is written a book is merely smoke on the wind. It can be blown away by a careless word." In 2012, Smith said When the Lion Feeds remained his favourite because it was his first to be published. Film rights were bought by Stanley Baker but no movie resulted. However the money enabled Smith to quit his job in the South African taxation office, calculating he had enough to not have to work for two years.". Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket .

Keywords: Modern Fiction Wilbur Smith South Africa Mining Gold Mining Modern Fiction

Price: US$ 30.00 Seller: S. Howlett-West Books
- Book number: 36712

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