Written by Dan Malone on Friday, December 7th, 2012

Mourners gathered by the hundreds in Australia to say goodbye to author Bryce Courtnenay, who passed away in November only two weeks after the release of his final novel, Jack of Diamonds. During his career, Courtenay sold over 20 million books. His funeral was held at St. Mark’s Church in Sydney, where 300 guests showed […]

Written by Brandon Williams on Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Bryce Courtenay, the most popular Australian author, died on Thursday at home in Canberra. He was 79. He announced that his novel Jack of Diamonds would be his last, due to his battle with stomach cancer. The novel was published earlier this month. His only novel to breakthrough in the United States was The Power […]

Written by Julie Vegas on Thursday, November 15th, 2012

After a long delay, Bryce Courtenay‘s final book has been released. “It’s been a privilege to write for you and to have you accept me as a storyteller in your lives,” he wrote. “Now, as my story draws to an end, may I say only, ‘Thank you. You have been simply wonderful’.” Bryce has taken […]

Written by Jenny Brady on Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Bryce Courtenay received an honourary doctorate from the University of Canberra and said this generation was the most intelligent the world had ever seen. “The world is discombobulated; it is in a terrible mess, and it is your job, your privilege, to get us out of this mess,” he told the university students. “You have […]


Bryce Courtenay (1933-2012) was a South African-Australian author of historical fiction and coming-of-age stories. His novels are generally set in either South Africa and Australia. Although Courtenay is one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia, only one of his books has been published in the United States – The Power of […]