Bryce Courtenay
01/13/2017 at 08:09. Facebook
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,

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,

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,

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,

Bryce always finished his books in time for them to be wrapped up with the socks and chocolates beneath the Christmas trees".

One of the last questions I asked Bryce was, "what would you like to do if you were blessed with good health and more time"? He smiled a little sheepishly and said, “I’d probably write another book”.
Bryce had at least five more books that he had...
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Dear Readers,

Bryce used to say to me that “losing a close family member became harder as the years went by”.

A sobering thought as this week marks four years since Bryce passed away on November 22nd, 2012 aged 79 years.

When someone we love passes away we are left with cherished memories which continue to inspire and guide us.

Bryce asked me what I would do after he had gone. I replied...
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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,

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,

Thank you for your 'Favourite Spring Flower' comments and photos.

We were especially touched by Des O'Neill's thoughts of Faye.

Des ONeill
Laying here with thoughts of Faye,
Missing sleep in a somber way.
I think of her, what flower I'd share,
Would have to dazzle with lots of flair.
Bright colours, many, flow from within,
They whirl about, dance and spin on whim.
Like the...
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Dear Readers,

Spring has sprung, and with it Bryce’s beloved sunflowers are reaching for the sun.

Bryce devoted a chapter to these flowers in his last book, 'The Silver Moon’. The Chapter is called 'And God Created a Flower and Named it After the Sun'.

Bryce wrote, ‘You possibly haven’t given a great deal of thought to that most unpretentious flower of them all - the sunflower. ...
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Dear Readers,

Thank you for all your wonderful stories and comments for our special 'Father's Day' Giveaway and our apologies for the delay in posting our favourite three reader comments.

***Laurie Barr ***
Four Fires. All fathers aren't perfect, like Tommy, but we all have one and Bryce understood and expressed that type of relationship perfectly with the tale he told. Thanks Bryce! ...
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Dear Readers,

Bryce always believed that having a family was his most cherished life experience.

This weekend many of you will be celebrating Father’s Day, and no doubt books will be high on your list as gifts.

Bryce’s books had universal appeal but many of his male readers were especially drawn to titles including: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Brother Fish, The Story of Danny Dunn, and Four...
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Dear Readers,

Thank you for your wonderful and heartfelt messages following my previous post.

Bryce once visited Nepal and only wished he had spent more time there trekking as I have done. Bryce always supported my role as a Board member of the Australian Himalayan Foundation.

For any Melbourne readers with a passion for the Himalayas you may be interested in attending our Gala Dinner on...
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Dear Readers,

Bryce and I used to say, "we shared a birthday” as mine is on August 13th and today Bryce would have been 83 years old!

I asked Bryce not long before he passed away, if he had more time what would he like to do? He grinned and said, “I’d probably write another book.”

We can simply remain grateful that he wrote so many. A staggering 21 books in 23 years, which continue to give...
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Dear Readers,

How many of you have read ’The Family Frying Pan’?
'Like folk tales of old, these will make you laugh and make you cry. And make you realise that, for better or for worse, we are still the one human family.’

How apt this beautiful story is in these challenging times as refugees around the world continue on their weary way, in search of a better life. Bryce wrote, 'theirs...
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Dear Readers,

Even Bryce thought that ‘Brother Fish’ was too big a book!
He later said that it really could have been two books.

Many Korean War veterans were so happy the story of the conflict had been remembered in a Bryce Courtenay novel, which would ensure many readers would finally learn about what happened.

How many of you have read ‘Brother Fish’?
I would love to know what...
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Dear Readers,

Thank you to everyone who shared photos of their favourite 'moggies'. Wonderful characters and stories, and so many lucky cats which have been rescued and adopted by forever families.

We loved reading about Lynda Macgregor's beloved cat 'Trim'.
'This is my cat Trim. I was reading Matthew Flinder's Cat when we found him and he is just my perfect impression of Bryce's...
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Dear Readers,

Winter is a good time for reading. Sitting by a cozy fire with a warm drink and a good book is hard to beat.

Whenever I go past the State Library in Sydney I can’t resist looking for the statue of ’Trim’ the cat who sits on the building's ledge and provided Bryce’s inspiration for ‘Matthew Flinder’s Cat’.

Speaking of cats, Bryce’s favourite cat was ‘Mushka’ a little grey cat...
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Dear Readers,

What a wonderful response to our special 'African Gift' and thank you to everyone who shared their experiences of reading Bryce's African novels. Stacey and I really enjoyed reading all your comments.

We especially enjoyed reading the comment from Jeannie Dettori who wrote - 'African history from the ground up, voiced from the soul within, one who loved his country, watched...
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Dear Readers,

When Bryce wrote about Africa the words flowed.
Even after living in Australia for over fifty years he could always feel the dust of Africa in his pores.

We went to South Africa together in 2010 and loved it, although when I asked him if he would like to live back there he said ‘I want to go home to Australia, as this place has too many bad memories for me”, and so we...
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