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First with your head and then with your heart ...

So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world. For the young Peekay, its a piece of advice he will carry with him throughout his life.

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

Reviews

The ultimate international bestseller.

New York Times

Bryce Courtenay's first novel is a triumph.

Sunday Times (UK)

The story will not disappoint the thinking blockbuster fan.

The Age

That rare phenomenon, a novel actually as good as it is cracked up to be ... A charming and engrossing first novel.

Canberra Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143004554

    June 5, 2006

    Penguin

    640 pages

    RRP $24.95

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9780670077250

    October 23, 2013

    Viking

    640 pages

    RRP $39.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • 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

    9781742280691

    June 5, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    636 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
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The Power of One: Popular Penguins
The Power of One: Australian Children's Classics
Australian Trilogy bind-up
Jack Of Diamonds
April Fool's Day: Popular Penguins
Fortune Cookie
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
The Family Frying Pan
Tommo & Hawk
Potato Factory
Tommo And Hawk
Whitethorn
Brother Fish
Solomon's Song
The Power of One: Young Readers' Ed

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Voyager
Echo Burning
Tiger Men
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
The 7th Function of Language
The Award
Atonement
The Alphabet Sisters
Ready Player One
Breath
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home