It was a very important book for me in my development as a writer because at that stage I was starting to become enchanted by the lure of Hollywood. There had been some movies made of my books and I thought "whoa, what a way to go… All that money!" and I thought "hold on – am I a scriptwriter or am I a real writer?" Writing a book that could never be filmed was my declaration of independence. I made it so diffuse, with different ages and brought characters back as different entities. It was a complex book, it gave me a great deal of pleasure but that was the inspiration – to break free.
Smith later named his home "Sunbird Hill".
Progressive death metal/rock band Opeth took its name from the word "Opet", which in the novel is the name of a fictional Phoenician city in South Africa and whose name is translated as "City of the Moon".
- The Sunbird at Wilbur Smith's page
- "THE RUINS IN ZIMBABWE". The Canberra Times. 3 March 1973. p. 11. Retrieved 5 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- Interview with Wilbur Smith accessed 14 March 2013
- "Wilbur Smith answers your questions", BBC News, 6 April 2009 accessed 14 March 2013
- "The secluded life that inspires best-sellers". The Australian Women's Weekly. 7 April 1982. p. 58. Retrieved 5 December 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- Martin Hall, "The Legend of the Lost City; Or, the Man with Golden Balls". Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Jun., 1995), pp. 179-199.
- Andrew Spicer, Rethinking Authorship in Film: The Struggle for Creative Control between Michael Klinger (Producer) and Wilbur Smith (Writer)