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The Silver Moon : Reflections on Life, Death and Writing - Bryce Courtenay

The Silver Moon

Reflections on Life, Death and Writing

Hardcover Published: 22nd October 2014
ISBN: 9780670078264
Number Of Pages: 144

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Each of us has a place to return to in our minds, a place of clarity and peace, a place to think, to create, to dream. For Bryce Courtenay it was a waterhole in Africa he used to escape to as a boy for solitude. One evening, while hiding there, he witnessed the tallest of the great beasts drinking from the waterhole in the moonlight, and was spellbound. Ever since, he drew inspiration from this moment.

The Silver Moon gathers together some of the most personal and sustaining life-lessons from Australia's favourite storyteller. In short stories and insights, many written in his final months, Bryce reflects on living and dying, and how through determination, respect for others and taking pleasure in small moments of joy, he tried to make the most out of life.

From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.

Interesting final work.


Is of most interest to readers of his books.



A sentimental good read


Not quite what I expected but a good read nevertheless

Western Australia


I can read this book again and again


One of the best books i have ever read



Begs to be read multiple times


A gift for anyone

Flinders View. Queensland


Appropriate title


I have read all of Bryce Courtenay's books - so his last one was a must for me. I did enjoy reading his final work.



Beautfiul presentation


A beautifully presented synopsis of Bryce Courtney's ideas about life and the art of writing.



Well presented and inviting


I found that Bryce's reflection on his literary abilities captivating. A thoroughly enjoyable read and an ideal gift.

Flinders View. Queensland


Worthy Epitaph to Bryce


This book is simply written, no waste. For those who loved Bryce Courtney's books, these simple insights say a great deal about the man, and are honest and to the point, revealing a man satisfied with his life's work. His little writer's master class comments are pure gold for any creative writer. 'The Silver Moon', like the image his words paint, will stay with me as part of my reference set for the rest of my life.

Nowra, NSW


A gift


I bought this for a Valentines Day gift so he hasn't seen it yet, but I'm sure he will enjoy it, he is an avid reader & admirer of the late Bryce Courtney & we buy his books as gifts for him regularly.

Central West NSW


Easy Read


Found the pages regarding learning to be an author quite tedious, but enjoyed Bryce's view of life, animals and family enchanting. Not sure exactly what I expected from the book, but it didn't strike many chords with me. Mind you, it would be nice to put your thoughts on paper before you pass on, and it was lovely to get a better insight into his thinking, and his way of life.




4.1 15


ISBN: 9780670078264
ISBN-10: 0670078263
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 22nd October 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39

Bryce Courtenay

About the Author

Bryce: in his own words...

I was born illegitimately in 1933 in South Africa and spent my early childhood years in a small town deep in the heart of the Lebombo mountains.

It was a somewhat isolated community and I grew up among farm folk and the African people. At the age of five I was sent to a boarding school which might be better described as a combination orphanage and reform school, where I learned to box - though less as a sport and more as a means to stay alive.

But I survived to return to a small mountain town named Barberton in the North Eastern part of the country.

Here I met Doc, a drunken German music teacher who spent the next few years filling my young mind with the wonders of nature as we roamed the high mountains. His was the best education I was ever to receive, despite the scholarship I won to a prestigious boy's school and thereafter to a university in England where I studied Journalism.

I came to Australia because I was banned from returning to my own country.

This was due to the fact that I had started a weekend school for Africans in the school hall of the prestigious boy's school I attended.

One day the school hall was raided by the police who then branded me a Communist as they considered educating Africans a subversive act.

While studying journalism, I met a wonderful Australian girl.

"Come to my country!" Benita invited.

I did, and soon after arriving in Australia, married her. Benita gave me three splendid sons, Brett, Adam and Damon. Brett, who married Ann has given me three lovely grandsons, Ben now 14, Jake is about to turn 12 and Marcus is almost 6 years old.

I have lived all my Australian life in Sydney (the nicest place on earth) and, until I started writing fiction, made my career in advertising working as a copywriter and creative director.

At the age of 55 I decided to take the plunge. I had been telling stories since the age of five and had always known I would be a writer some day, though life kept getting in the way until I realised that it was either now or never.

Bryce Courtenay died at his home in Canberra, Australia. He was 79. Courtenay is survived by his second wife Christine Gee and his children Adam and Brett.

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