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'The loneliness, the doubt'

19 May 2003

'Even after writing 29 novels, I hate the loneliness, the doubt. Usually halfway through a book I have a serious depression, so I go on safari on my ranch in South Africa, or fishing off my island in the Seychelles. When I come back and re-read it, I think: "What was that all about, Smith? It's fine, just get on with it.'

Wilbur Smith in the Observer