“My job is essentially that of an entertainer, no different to that of a musician, no different to that of an actor. I just happen to be an author.” – Bryce Courtenay
A South African novelist who also held Australian citizenship. Courtenay, born this day in 1933, became one of Australia's best-selling authors, although most of his notoriety came from his South African-based book The Power of One. Published in 1989 and, despite Courtenay's fears that it would never sell, The Power of One quickly became one of Australia's best-selling books by any living author. The story was made into a film, as well as being re-released in an edition for children.
The author of 23 books, mostly novels, Courtenay was one of Australia's most commercially successful authors. A career advertising director, he helped build his own success over the long term by promoting himself and developing a relationship with readers as much as marketing his books; for instance, he gave away up to 2,500 books free each year to readers he met in the street.