Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Power of One
Bryce Courtenay


First with your head and then with your heart… So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world. For the young Peekay, its a piece of advice he will carry with him throughout his life.

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

Paperback, 640pp
Penguin Books, 2017 (1989)
ISBN 9780143004554


Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of many bestselling novels. He died in 2012, aged 79, at his home in Canberra.