Born in South Africa, Bryce Courtenay burst onto the literary scene with his first novel, The Power Of One. It was published in 1989, translated into 12 languages and became a hit movie. He wrote 21 novels, the last one was Jack Of Diamonds.
Before becoming a writer, Courtenay spent more than 30 years in advertising in Sydney. He wrote five novels about Africa, including Tandia, a sequel to The Power Of One, and Whitethorn, He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra in October 2012.
British Book Awards: 1990 The Power of One. APA Who Weekly Reader's Choice Award 1998 Tommo & Hawk
APA Who Weekly Reader's Choice Award 1999 Jessica. APA Who Weekly Reader's Choice Award
Bryce Courtenay died 22 November 2012