Today is a sad day for Australia, for writers, for the literary world and for millions of fiction fans.
Bryce Courtenay’s book has now closed. He died yesterday in Canberra, at 79.
He has left a legacy of inspirational work, an incredible cast of characters and a global reader community that has been entertained and inspired by his work for decades.
This year will be our last to receive a new Christmas present from Australia’s premiere novelist, so we will cherish it and its messages.
The Sydney Morning Herald obituary is touching and it also contains link for readers and fans to share their tributes.
Mr. Courtenay, thank you for your gifts, your imagination, your inspiration and your capacity for sharing them all so willingly.
Personally, your message about reinventing yourself in Australia has brought tears of familiarity and promise to this emerging author’s eyes.