“ 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. ”
“ That rare phenomenon, a novel actually as good as it is cracked up to be ... A charming and engrossing first novel. ”
June 5, 2006
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June 5, 2006
This is what happened.
Before my life started properly, I was doing the usual mewling and sucking, which in my case occurred on a pair of huge, soft black breasts. In the African tradition I continued to suckle for my first two and a half years after which my Zulu wet nurse became my nanny. She was a person made for laughter, warmth and softness and she would clasp me to her breasts and stroke my golden curls with a hand so large it seemed to contain my whole head. My hurts were soothed with a song about a brave young warrior hunting a lion and a women’s song about doing the washing down on the big rock beside the river where, at sunset, the baboons would come out of the hills to drink.Continue Reading
Thirty years since publication, The Power of One continues to inspire.
Celebrating 30 years of Bryce Courtenay’s magnificent debut – The Power of One.
Decades since publication, Bryce Courtenay’s debut still packs an emotional punch.
To celebrate thirty years of The Power of One our staff and authors reflect on what Bryce Courtenay's novel means to them.