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Best-Selling Author Bryce Courtenay dead at 79
Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay has passed away after a battle with stomach cancer.
He died late on Thursday night at his Canberra home surrounded by family.
Courtenay wrote more than 20 books including the wildely popular The Power of One, April's Fool's Day and Jessica.
"We'd like to thank all of Bryce's family and friends and all of his fans around the world for their love and support for me and his family as he wrote the final chapter of his extraordinary life. And may we make a request for privacy as we cherish his memory," Bryce's wife Christine Courtenay said in a statement released by Penguin publishers.
Also included in the statement is a moving epilogue from Bryce's final book, in which 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'".
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Sad news... Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay has passed away from cancer at the age of 79.— 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) November 23, 2012
Thank YOU, your story telling was wonderful, condolences to your familyCharlotte Friday 23 November, 2012 - 8:23 PM
Bryce was one of my most loved authors. I've spent countless hours lying on beaches and curled up at night devouring his magical words that danced across the pages. He gave me the most valuable Australian history lessons that I will ever learnâ??he took me to the battlefields of Gallipolli, sailed with me on a convict boat destined for Van Dieman's Land, and held me captive as a POW during the Korean War. I still have so many more adventures of his to read and love, yet with a heavy heart knowing that his final tale has been told.
Such sad sad news. Rest peacefully Bryce â?¥Narelle Browne Friday 23 November, 2012 - 4:48 PM
Farewell Bryce...You certainly had The Power of One......RIPTony Robb Friday 23 November, 2012 - 4:46 PM
The world has lost a gentleman and a wordsmith I loved all his books but my favourite is Smoky Joe's Cafe.
RIP Bryce a wonderful aussie.Carol Friday 23 November, 2012 - 4:42 PM
Such sad news! RIP Bryce and thank you for the many hours of reading pleasure you have given me. Deepest sympathy to his family & friends. I will miss my yearly Bryce Courtenay book!Cheryl Friday 23 November, 2012 - 4:27 PM
R.I.P Bryce Courtenay! You had me hooked from the time I read The Power of One! Thank you all your wonderful stories, I shall miss your wonderful writing. Deepest sympathy to family and friends.Margaret Dungan Friday 23 November, 2012 - 3:39 PM