Best-selling Australian author Courtenay dies

November 24, 2012 • Entertainment

In this Aug. 30, 2012 photo provided by Penguin Books, Australian best-selling author Bryce Courtenay walks his dog Timmy in Canberra Australia. Courtenay, author of “The Power Of One” and 20 other titles, died Thursday Nov. 22, 2012 of stomach cancer. He was 79. (AP Photo/Penguin Books) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay, whose first and final books drew on his tough early-life experiences in Africa, has died of stomach cancer. He was 79.

He started writing in midlife and called his first novels “practice books,” but his debut was a success. “The Power of One” was published in 1989, translated into 12 languages and became a hit movie.

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