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Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 The Power of One
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'For the young Peekay, it is a piece of advice that 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. Bryce Courtenay's classic bestseller is a story of the triumph of the human spirit - a spellbinding tale for all ages.' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Power of One Robert Mark Kamen , ( dir. John G. Avildsen ) United States of America (USA) : Alcor Films , 1992 Z390308 1992 single work film/TV

The story of a young English boy called PK, orphaned in a foreign land and terrorised for his political beliefs by his schoolmates. He turns to the only friend who can help him: a kindly yet worldly wise prison inmate who teaches him how to box. As he grows to manhood, PK takes on the systemic social injustices he sees around him and finds that one person really can make a difference.

Notes

  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's joint 36th favourite book.
  • Ranked #5 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.
  • Dedication: For Maude Jasmine Greer and Enda Murphy. Here is the book I promised you so long ago.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1989 .
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      Extent: 506p.
      ISBN: 0855612371
    • London,
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      Heinemann ,
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      Extent: 506p.
      ISBN: 0434146129
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Random House ,
      1989 .
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      Extent: 518p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0394575202
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mandarin , 1989 .
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      Extent: 629p.
      ISBN: 1863300198, 0855612371 :
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Ballantine Books ,
      1989 .
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      Extent: 533p.
      ISBN: 0345359925
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Boston, Massachusetts,
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      Little, Brown ,
      1989 .
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      Extent: 506p.
      Edition info: Canadian ed.
      ISBN: 0316158224
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    y separately published work icon The Power of One [and] Tandia Bryce Courtenay , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1992 6153937 1992 selected work novel Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1992
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1992 .
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      Extent: 629p.
      ISBN: 0855614935
    • London,
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      Penguin Books ,
      1997 .
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      Extent: 629p.
      ISBN: 0140272917, 9780140272918
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1998 .
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      Extent: 629p.
      Edition info: Revised edition
      ISBN: 0140272917 (pbk.)
    • Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1999 .
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      Extent: 342p.
      Note/s:
      • Ages 14+
      ISBN: 9780440239130, 0440239133, 9780141304892, 0141304898, 9780385902748, 0385902743, 9780385732543, 0385732546
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1999 .
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      Extent: 343p.
      Edition info: Condensed ed.
      Description: illus., maps
      ISBN: 0141304898
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      McArthur ,
      1999 .
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      Extent: 533p.
      ISBN: 9781552780121
    • London,
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      Puffin ,
      2000 .
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      Extent: 360p.
      ISBN: 0141304898 (pbk.)
    • New York (State),
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      Delacorte Press ,
      2005 .
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      Extent: 291p.
      ISBN: 0385732546, 0385902743, 9780385732543, 9780385902748
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2006 .
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      Extent: 629p.
      ISBN: 0143004557
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Laurel-Leaf Books ,
      2007 .
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      Extent: 373p.
      Edition info: Young readers' condensed ed.
      ISBN: 0440239133, 9780440239130
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The African Collection Bryce Courtenay , Camberwell : Penguin , 2008 6154042 2008 selected work novel Camberwell : Penguin , 2008
    • Camberwell East, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2010 .
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      Extent: 629p.
      ISBN: 9780143204794 (pbk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2013 .
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      Extent: 640p.
      Note/s:
      • Published November 2013
      ISBN: 9780670077250 (hardback) :
Alternative title: La puissance de l'Ange
Language: French

Other Formats

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay Angie Barillaro , Essendon North : Radiant Heart Publishing , 2015 8919230 2015 single work criticism
Courtenay Still Leads Reading Favourites 2015 single work column
— Appears in: NT News , 8 September 2015; (p. 4)
'Bryce Courtenay's Power of One has topped the list of Australia's 100 best-loved books...'
Books That Changed Me : Fiona McIntosh Fiona McIntosh , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 23 November 2014; (p. 16)
Celebrating Great Australian Writing : First Tuesday Book Club 2013 single work column
— Appears in: InCite , 1 January vol. 34 no. 1/2 2013; (p. 18-20)
Showman Who Knew the Power of a Story Blanche Clark , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 November 2012; (p. 26-27)
Untitled Elspeth Cameron , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 44 no. 1 2000; (p. 22)

— Review of The Power of One Bryce Courtenay , 1989 single work novel
Untitled Mary Koenig , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 1 2000; (p. 35-36)

— Review of The Power of One Bryce Courtenay , 1989 single work novel
A White Son of Africa Anna Murdoch , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Washington Post Book World , 4 June 1989; (p. 6)

— Review of The Power of One Bryce Courtenay , 1989 single work novel
Adam's Flight of Fancy Becomes a Ripping Yarn Katharine England , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 March 1989; (p. 11)

— Review of The Power of One Bryce Courtenay , 1989 single work novel
Happy Account of a Boy Hero Mark Thomas , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 March 1989; (p. B5)

— Review of The Power of One Bryce Courtenay , 1989 single work novel
A Look At... The Young Readers' Edition of Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One Matthew Wilson , Simon Law , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 14 no. 4 1999; (p. 20-21)
Showman Who Knew the Power of a Story Blanche Clark , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 November 2012; (p. 26-27)
Celebrating Great Australian Writing : First Tuesday Book Club 2013 single work column
— Appears in: InCite , 1 January vol. 34 no. 1/2 2013; (p. 18-20)
Power of Sequel Packs Punch Giles Hugo , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 5 October 1991; (p. 28)
Tragedy Tackled by Power of Pen Giles Hugo , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 12 October 1991; (p. 18)
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