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Bryce Courtenay, Author of The Power of One, Dies at 79

Australian author¬†Bryce Courtenay has died from stomach cancer at the age of 79, as reported on The Big Story yesterday. He was best known for The Power of One, which, despite it being Courtenay’s debut novel, garnered much critical acclaim and made a name for Courtenay among Australia’s most respected writers.

Throughout his career, Courtenay wrote 21 books and sold over 20 million copies in total.
The Power of One is the story of a boy’s brutal experiences growing up under apartheid in South Africa in the 1930s and 1940s.

Courtenay’s final book, Jack of Diamonds, was published just 2 weeks ago, on November 12th. It included an epilogue to his readers, which read:

“”It’s been a privilege to write for you and to have you accept me as a storyteller in your lives. Now, as my story draws to an end, may I say only, ‘Thank you. You have been simply wonderful.'””

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