Wilbur Smith is this week's Shelf Lifer. He tells us which books make him cry, describes the party he wishes he could have attended and lets us in on a 'highly rewarding but rather sticky experience.' Apparently, his agent Charles Pick once told him "Write for yourself, and write about what you know best." He seems to have taken this piece of advice to heart. Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith is out now.