Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in
idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old
patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful
Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from
disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and
early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a
powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained
close to Nick.
Marg suspects Nick is suffering the onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and organises for a specialist to meet with him in Sydney. But when they meet, Tony Freedman stirs long-buried emotions in Nick and the two men don't hit it off. Nick leaves in an explosion of anger and finds himself in hospital after being hit by a car.
Tony visits and encourages Nick to write as a form of therapy - to write about Anna. So he sets about writing about the woman who has inspired him since his late teens, and in doing so draws us into the compelling tale of the life he has lived post war-hero days building a shipping empire, navigating international corruption, supporting his wife's third-world education crusade and loving the women who inspire him.
About the Author
Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa and has lived in Sydney for the major part of his life. He is the bestselling author of The Power of One, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Jessica, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Whitethorn and Brother Fish.
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 29th April 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1