From Bryce Courtenay comes a novel of Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English.
The world is also on the brink of war and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.
Tom's English name proves sufficient for him to be ostracised, marking him as an outsider. And so begin some of life's tougher lessons for the small, lonely boy. Like the whitethorn, one of Africa's most enduring plants, Tom learns how to survive in the harsh climate of racial hatred. Then a terrible event sends him on a journey to ensure that justice is done. On the way, his most unexpected discovery is love.
'Courtenay is an undeniably talented storyteller ... [He] knows what his readers want and how to deliver.' Courier-Mail
'Tom Fitzsaxby could stand proudly alongside Tom Brown or Tom Sawyer any day.' Sydney Morning Herald
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: 688
Published: January 2007
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1