The Story of Danny Dunn

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Penguin Group Australia, Nov 16, 2009 - Fiction - 610 pages
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In the aftermath of the Great Depression few opportunities existed for working-class boys, but at just eighteen Danny Dunn has a good deal going for him: brains, looks, sporting ability - and an easy charm. His parents run The Hero, a favourite 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 for ever. Together with Helen, a woman of strength, character and intelligence who becomes his wife, he sets about rebuilding his life. It is a life tormented by personal demons, and shaped by compassion, corruption, love and power - and the gift of twin daughters, Sam and Gabby.

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, at a time of great change in Australia's history.

'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

'Another big-hearted brick of laughter and tears ... Courtenay's enthusiasm for his story is hard to resist.'  Sunday Age

'This book is as much about Australia as it is about the characters Courtenay has created to illustrate the themes of love, family and fate.'  Daily Telegraph

'Not only a tale of a young man changed after the war but the story of every Australian.'  Queensland Times

'Danny Dunn takes readers on an incredibly detailed  and page-turning journey through the lives of numerous characters with immpeccable insight into the Australian character.'  Queensland Times

'A wonderful narrative, this is Courtenay at his absolute finest.'  Launceston Examiner

'There's no doubt that he's very good at telling sweeping, eminently readable stories.'  The Age

'A ripper of a yarn.'  Sunday Tasmanian

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

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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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Any book of Bryce Courtenay's is absolutely MARVELLOUS! Read full review

About the author (2009)

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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