The Story of Danny Dunn

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Viking, Apr 29, 2010 - Australia - 610 pages
23 Reviews

In the aftermath of the Great Depression few opportunities existed for working-class boys, but at just eighteen Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting ability - and an easy charm. His parents run The Hero, a neighbourhood pub, and Danny is a local hero.

Luck changes for Danny when he signs up to go to war. He returns home a physically broken man, to a life that will be changed forever. Together with Helen, the woman who becomes his wife, he sets about rebuilding his life.

Set against a backdrop of Australian pubs and politics, The Story of Danny Dunn is an Australian family saga spanning three generations. It is a compelling tale of love, ambition and the destructive power of obsession.

'This classic Aussie story is vintage Courtenay.' Sunday Mail

'Courtenay's enthusiasm for his story is hard to resist. And he's a pro.' The Age

From gritty pre-war Balmain to the death camps of Singapore and back to '70s Sydney, this is an epic from a superlative storyteller ...... ' Harper's Bazaar

'A great sweeping novel to lift the spirit.' Weekly Times

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User Review  - Leslie - Goodreads

The story of Danny Dunn was actually the story of all the Dunns. I found myself skipping pages just to get through it. The ending was brutal - a cowards way out for Danny Dunn. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie and Jack of Diamonds. The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries.

The Silver Moon: Reflections and Stories on Life, Death and Writing is being published in November 2014.

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