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Book Title: Four Fires|
The author of the book: Bryce Courtenay
Date of issue: August 28th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780143004622
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In a small town like any other small town around Australia live the Maloneys. They are a fifth-generation Australian family of Irish Catholic descent who are struggling to reach the first rung of the social ladder. The Maloneys are a family you won't forget: a strong mother, a father broken by war, three boys and two girls, one of whom has an illegitimate daughter. Each of their lives is changed forever by the four fires – passion, religion, warfare and fire itself.
Four Fires is a story of the power of love and the triumph of the human spirit against the odds.
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Read information about the authorI 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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