Bonjour Dear Readers,

I am enjoying Spring in Paris where Bryce and I shared our last holiday before he passed away in late 2012.

Bryce had a great passion for the arts and so it was wonderful to wander the cobblestoned streets for a 'cafe creme' before ducking into a gallery or museum. The literary tradition in France is legendary and Bryce's favourite authors included; Albert Camus,...
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Bonjour Dear Readers I am enjoying Spring in Paris where Bryce and
Pamela McDonald
Dear Readers,

Bryce always believed ‘Mothers’ were the heroes of our world.

As you know he always featured strong female characters in his novels such as the astonishing story of ‘Jessica’.

I would love to know who is your favourite female heroine from Bryce’s novels?

Enjoy a wonderfully Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th.

My warmest wishes,

Christine Courtenay

PS: Here is a...
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Dear Readers Bryce always believed Mothers were the heroes of our world
Melissa Budnik
Corrine Hoy
Catherine Alexander
Dear Readers,

We feel terribly sad. Bryce’s beloved cat ‘Mushka’ passed away on Monday, October 31st after a long illness. Our pets become integral members of the family and give us much more than we give them.

In September 2007 Mushka came out of the bush when we were still living in the Yarramalong Valley. She was hungry, covered in fleas and desperate for a home. ‘Mush’ went on to...
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Dear Readers We feel terribly sad Bryces beloved cat Mushka passed away
Belinda Sutliffe
Laurel Creevey Weir
Margaret Rose Cardew Robinson
Dear Readers,

Like many of you Bryce was passionate about animals and our own little family consisting of four cats and a dog were hugely loved. Bryce would say with a big smile, “they are spoilt beyond reason”.

I am certain Bryce would have loved to have written a novel with beloved creatures as the central characters!

As you will recall Bryce had a hugely generous heart and regularly...
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Dear Readers Like many of you Bryce was passionate about animals and
Wendy Loveday
Hanna Persello
Johanna Conroy
Dear Readers,

Anzac Day always means so much as Australia’s war history was a recurrent theme in Bryce’s novels.

As you know the war of the mind for so many veterans, and their families was an enduring legacy that continues today.

My late Father Alan Howard Gee, was an Able Seaman aboard HMAS Perth which was sunk off Singapore on March 1st 1942, and is mentioned in ’The Persimmon Tree’. ...
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Dear Readers Anzac Day always means so much as Australias war history
Julie Kirby
Lisa Marie
Christine Philp
Dear Readers,

I am spending Easter in Canberra with my cat Ophelia the sole survivor of the Courtenay cats.

Willy Wagtail' as she is fondly called, lives with our dear friend and BCI office manager Stacey. She spends her days lazing in the sun and her nights being serenaded by songs of the Boots n' All Choir.

Stacey and her husband Chuck founded the ADF Veteran and Supporter Choir after...
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Dear Readers I am spending Easter in Canberra with my cat Ophelia
Gillian Floyd
Gavin Cuddy
Dear Readers,

Bryce and I so wanted to make the journey to the village of ‘Courtenay’ in north-central France.

In his memory I plan to travel there in late May this year. I am certain that had we travelled there Bryce would have been inspired to write a Courtenay saga!

Our last cherished journey together was to Paris in January 2012 and we felt like real Parisians staying in a lovely...
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Dear Readers Bryce and I so wanted to make the journey to
Philippe Pee
Linda Boland
Laurie Schroder
Dear Readers,

Autumn is my favourite time of year as it was Bryce’s favourite season especially with the rugby in full swing.

It also meant that Easter was on the horizon and we could look forward to eating Bryce’s famous fishcakes.

To carry on the Courtenay tradition I do make them, but the taste is never quite the same!

You may also recall the many fabulous recipes in ’The Family Frying...
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Dear Readers Autumn is my favourite time of year as it was
Linda Bettle
Eileen Gribben
Shona Campbell
Marie Molnar
Marilyn Fitzner
Yvonne Scott
Anni Gow
Vicki Page
Ralph Snodgrass
Janette Downie
Dear Readers,

Autumn was Bryce’s favourite time of year especially as it meant the
start of the rugby season!

Bryce felt he had at least five more books that he wanted to write. Perhaps he may have written a book featuring his beloved rugby?

We were often contacted by readers and families with amazing story ideas, which is how the true story ‘Jessica’ came to be written.

Do you have a...
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Dear Readers Autumn was Bryces favourite time of year especially as it
Kati Jenkins
Nicole Ozolins
Emma Jean
Dear Readers,

Thank you so much for all your comments, sharing your favourite love story from Bryce's books.

We are thrilled to say, the following 3 Readers will receive the special Valentines Day giveaway - 1 copy of ’The Last Class’ DVD, and 1 copy of Bryce’s final book of stories ’The Silver Moon’.

Kerry Readett - 'For me it would have to be the love that was shared between the...
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Dear Readers Thank you so much for all your comments sharing your
Kerry Readett
Gillian Kelly
Kerry Readett
Dear Readers,

Bryce was a true romantic and loved spoiling me on Valentine’s Day by creating a beautiful arrangement of flowers from our garden.

Do you have a favourite romance story from one of Bryce’s novels?

I personally love the original and passionate love story in ‘Fortune Cookie', but it is hard to select just one as they are all so amazing.

Stacey at BCI especially loves the...
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Dear Readers Bryce was a true romantic and loved spoiling me on
Lee Weaver
Robin Murphy
Cherie Hamilton
Dear Readers,

Bryce was always so romantic!

He would have been thrilled to see our dear friends Chuck and Stacey celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary and renewal of vows last Friday night.

As you may know, Stacey is one of our team here at BCI, and I was so touched to see that she had organized little tributes to Bryce on the night.
Beautiful bouquets of Sunflowers and Bryce's red...
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Dear Readers Bryce was always so romantic He would have been thrilled
Ken Meredith
Cassie Ryan
Dear Readers,

Bryce was always inspired by his great friend the British polar explorer Robert Swan OBE - the first man in history to walk to the North and South Poles.

Bryce was especially proud of Robert’s tireless quest to ensure that Antarctica is looked after for future generations.

In December 2017 Robert and my godson Barney will lead the South Pole Energy Challenge expedition. ...
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Dear Readers Bryce was always inspired by his great friend the British
Courtenay Jones
Racquel Everson
Geraldine Wilson
Dear Readers,

I trust you are feeling rejuvenated from the summer break.

Did you know that Bryce had started writing a sequel to ‘Sylvia'?

Bryce was not enjoying writing this book as finding research information about the Medieval period was proving to be almost impossible. Plus, to be honest, he worried that his readers may not enjoy another novel set during this period.

So, in March...
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Dear Readers I trust you are feeling rejuvenated from the summer break
Paul Moss
Jessica Jackson
Wendy Downes
Dear Readers,

Happy New Year!

We trust you are enjoying your holiday reading after the busy festive season. Bryce relished the post Christmas period as he was free of a book deadline.

This meant he could indulge his passion for cricket, gardening, and precious time with family and friends. He was thrilled when the cricketing legend Steve Waugh presented him with a signed cricket bat...
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Dear Readers Happy New Year We trust you are enjoying your holiday
Jane Hulme
Bryce Carrier
Wendy Downes
Dear Readers,

We were overjoyed to read so many incredible comments.
Thank you all so much, and Stacey and I had the near impossible task of selecting our favourite from over 200 comments.

Our three readers who will receive this year's special Bryce Courtenay Christmas gifts to put under their Christmas trees are:

1: Jacqui Miller - I used to work in a bookshop and I would always be the...
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Dear Readers We were overjoyed to read so many incredible comments Thank
Jacqui Miller
Kiley Mclaren
Yvonne Maru
Dear Readers,

I love reading your comments, thank you all so much!
At this time of year, Bryce would be on the road visiting bookshops for signings, and talking about his latest novel.

On big book signing days, there would be a queue for blocks as people patiently waited to have their books signed. Afterwards, Bryce would have to ice his hand to ease the swelling of his crippling...
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Dear Readers I love reading your comments thank you all so much
Bryce Mason Walker
Tali Forwood
Christine Peters