The Power of One

Front Cover, Limited, May 20, 2011 - Apartheid - 440 pages
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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.

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Creative plot with satisfying, albeit violent, ending. - Goodreads
It was difficult to read about his abuse. - Goodreads
Gorgeous writing, great characterisation. - Goodreads
I loved the imaginative storytelling Courtenay uses. - Goodreads
a slow paced book with a disappointing ending. - Goodreads
Well written book with lots of insight. - Goodreads

Review: The Power of One (The Power of One #1)

User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

Coming of age in South Africa during the time around WWII. Splendid writing, plot, themes, characters. Another wonderful book for a book group. Read full review

Review: The Power of One (The Power of One #1)

User Review  - Lindsey Monderman - Goodreads

One of my favourite books of all time. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Bryce Courtenay was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 14, 1933. He studied journalism in London and then settled in Australia in 1958. Instead of becoming a journalist, he went into advertising and became a successful creative director. He won most of the local and international advertising awards and a gold medal for Best Documentary at the 1984 New York Film Festival. He started writing after he turned 50. His first novel, The Power of One, was adapted into a 1992 film starring Morgan Freeman and Stephen Dorff. His other novels include Jessica, The Potato Factory, Tommo and Hawk, Solomon's Song, Tandia, and Jack of Diamonds. In 1993, he wrote the non-fiction book April Fool's Day, which is a personal account of the death of his son Damon after he contracted AIDs from a routine blood transfusion. Courtenay died of stomach cancer on November 22, 2012 at the age of 79.

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