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November 23, 2012

Australian author Bryce Courtenay dies

Filed under: Obituaries — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 7:12 am

Australian author Bryce Courtenay has died at the age of 79, his family say.

The South African-born writer, who shot to fame with his first novel, The Power of One, had been suffering from stomach cancer.

Courtenay, who only began writing in his 50s, went on to pen 21 books, selling more than 20 million copies globally.

He died at his home in Canberra on Thursday. His publisher described him as a “born story-teller”.

Born in Limpopo province, South Africa, Courtenay studied journalism in London and then moved to Australia in the 1950s.

Turning to writing after three decades in advertising, his first novel told of a boy growing up under apartheid in South Africa. It sold more than eight million copies and was subsequently turned into a film.

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