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Inspired by real events, Brother Fish tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

Jack McKenzie is a harmonica player, soldier, dreamer and small-time professional fisherman from a tiny island in Bass Strait. Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan is a strong-willed woman hiding from an ambiguous past in Shanghai. Larger than life, Private Jimmy Oldcorn was once a street kid and leader of a New York gang. Together, they reap a vast and not always legitimate fortune from the sea.

Spanning eighty years and four continents, Brother Fish is an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. But most of all it is about the power of friendship and love.

'It is a big, racy read that covers not just Australia, but China, Korea and America … underpinned with impressive historical research.' The Age

'Triads, the yakuza, Bass Strait storms – Courtenay packs it all in as he layers tragedy and triumph in almost equal measure.' Sydney Morning Herald

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143002703

    January 9, 2006

    Penguin

    856 pages

    RRP $24.95

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  • Hardback

    9780670042081

    November 15, 2004

    Viking

    848 pages

    RRP $49.95

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  • EBook

    9781742283739

    January 9, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    852 pages

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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
April Fool's Day
Four Fires
Jessica
Matthew Flinders' Cat
Smoky Joe's Cafe
Tommo & Hawk
The Family Frying Pan
Potato Factory
Tommo And Hawk
Tandia
The Power Of One
Whitethorn
Solomon's Song

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The Golden House
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
Best Laid Plans
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Golden Age
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
The Mistress
The Girls
Tiger Men
The Alphabet Sisters
Fifty Shades Darker
The Secret Vineyard