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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

    Online retailers

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    • QBD
    • Readings
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    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9780670077267

    October 23, 2013

    Viking

    648 pages

    RRP $39.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742280585

    August 28, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    648 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Also by Bryce Courtenay

The Silver Moon
The Power of One: Australian Children's Classics
Australian Trilogy bind-up
Jack Of Diamonds
April Fool's Day: Popular Penguins
Fortune Cookie
The Power of One: Popular Penguins
The Story Of Danny Dunn
Fishing For Stars
The Persimmon Tree
Sylvia
A Recipe for Dreaming
Four Fires
Jessica
Matthew Flinders' Cat
Smoky Joe's Cafe
The Family Frying Pan
Tommo & Hawk
Potato Factory
Tommo And Hawk
The Power Of One
Whitethorn
Brother Fish
Solomon's Song

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When Breath Becomes Air
The End of Alzheimer’s
Leila's Secret
The Diary Of A Young Girl
Rising Strong
The Diary Of A Young Girl
Sam and Chester
Brief Candle in the Dark
Wild and Precious Life
The 37th Parallel
Dadland
For the Glory
Dear Leader
Empress Dowager Cixi
Riding the Storm
Twelve Grand
Germaine
At Home with Muhammad Ali
How to Stay Alive