Nov 23, 2012
By Scott Walker
Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay has died of stomach cancer. He was 79.
He started writing in midlife and called his first novels “practice books,” but his debut was a surprise success. The Power of One was published in 1989, translated into 12 languages, and became a hit movie.
His 21st novel, Jack of Diamonds, was published two weeks ago and included a moving epilogue to his readers.
He wrote, “It’s been a privilege to write for you and to have you accept me as a storyteller in your lives. Now, as my story draws to an end, may I say only, ‘Thank you. You have been simply wonderful.'”