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April Fools Day was first published in 1993.  This commemorative edition celebrates one of Bryce Courtenay's most loved, enduring and life-affirming books.

In the end, love is more important than everything and it will conquer and overcome anything. Or that's how Damon saw it, anyway. Damon wanted a book that talked a lot about love.
Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool's Day. In this tribute to his son, Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man's life. Damon's story is one of lifelong struggle, his love for Celeste, the compassion of family, and a fight to the end for integrity.

A testimony to the power of love, April Fool's Day is also about understanding: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best.

This life-affirming book will change the way you think.

'April Fool's Day is one of those rare, wholly beautiful books that lets life speak for itself without any attempt at artifice … yet stands as a powerful work of literature … Damon certainly lives in the pages of this vital book.' Weekend Australian

'Some books have such a powerful story to tell … [April Fool's Day] is written with sustained rage, grief, raw love, and thank god, some dark humour … I cannot remember when a book has moved me so deeply.' Weekend Telegraph

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143004608

    August 28, 2006

    Penguin

    648 pages

    RRP $26.95

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  • Hardback

    9780670077267

    October 23, 2013

    Viking

    648 pages

    RRP $39.99

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    • Amazon
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742280585

    August 28, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    648 pages

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