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Farewell to a powerful one

November 28, 2012

One of Australia’s greatest authors died last week at the age of 79, after battling illness. The South African born Bryce Courtenay wrote 21 books including The Power of One, The Potato Factory, Jessica, The Persimmon Tree,  and the recently released Jack of Diamonds.

Two of his most popular series have been made into film or television mini-series:

The Power of One is the tale of a young South African boy, Peekay, who is taught to box – and as part of that, discovers that nothing can defeat the determination to be true to yourself. The sequel Tandia is about a black girl with a rough life who meets Peekay, an Oxford undergraduate who is also the challenger for the world welterweight boxing championship – and a white man.

The Potato Factory is the intertwined story of thief Ikey Solomon, and his mistress Mary Abacus. Convicted and transported to Van Diemen’s Land, in Hobart Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future for her family. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey’s wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The story continues in Tommo & Hawk, and Solomon’s song.

Courtenay’s books will be an enduring legacy to be enjoyed by people from all walks of life for many years to come. So if you haven’t been caught by the magic of Courtenay yet, with the long summer days ahead, now is the time!  See Bryce Courtenay books in our collection now


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