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  • Published: 5 June 2006
  • ISBN: 9780143004554
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $24.95

The Power Of One




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.

  • Pub date: 5 June 2006
  • ISBN: 9780143004554
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $24.95

About the Author

Bryce Courtenay

The Late Bryce Courtenay was the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie, Jack of Diamonds and The Silver Moon: Reflections and Stories on Life, Death and Writing. The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries.

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Praise for The Power Of One

“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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