An extraordinary author dead at 79
The best-selling novelist Bryce Courtenay is dead at 79, after a battle with stomach cancer.
The acclaimed author has sold more than 20 million copies of his novels. He’ll particularly be remembered for The Power of One, the story of South African boy Peekay growing up under apartheid.
April Fool’s Day, Courtenay’s 1993 foray into non-fiction, was another of his best reads. Fools told the story of his son Damon, who had haemophilia, and Damon’s partner Celeste.
Damon contracted HIV/AIDS from his regular transfusions and died on the first of April 1991. The book was beautifully written.
Bryce came late to writing, jumping into the field after 30 years in advertising. Shows it’s never too late to start chasing a dream.
His narratives will live on. And, as he said in a video he taped to coincide with his last book, he’s had “an incredible journey”.
Journeys: what all good stories are about.
What was your favourite Courtenay read?
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