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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 28, 2006 - Fiction - 696 pages
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Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds

A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born . . . with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

'A deserved best seller, based on fact, a story told with heartbreaking honesty.'
The Australian Women's Weekly


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User Review  - Tracey Gass - Goodreads

I love this author so much! He has a way of creating a story that totally sucks you in so that you can't put it down. I loved this story. It is humbling to read of other peoples hardships and complete ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gerald Camp - Goodreads

Not as good as The Power of One. Lots of cliches and lots of padding, but the main character kind of got to me. Courtenay could have found a better ending, I think. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Bryce Courtenay is 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 and Fortune Cookie.

The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries.

Bryce Courtenay lives in Canberra.

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