Smith’s latest title is a memoir of his fascinating life, and reads like an adventure story. He grew up in Rhodesia on a farm, and from a young age was taught to the necessity of protecting their livestock from predators – and was well able to wield a rifle. Smith had to endure a harsh boarding school education, and eventually became a tax assessor. This enabled him to pursue his first love: writing. He persevered and eventually When The Lion Feeds was published in 1964. Immediate success drove him to write the Courtney series, often passionately communicating the experience of his surroundings within the plots. As his success grew he was driven to explore countries further afield, and they too found their way into his fiction. He narrates a gripping account of his life.