Front Cover
Penguin Adult, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 608 pages
'A superb storyteller ... it is impossible not to be impressed by Courtenay's talents' - The Times JESSICA is based on the real life of a remarkable young Australian woman who defied the conventions of her time. She had a stubborn streak and the courage to act out her convictions ... in spite of the consequences. This compelling, sweeping story is her personal fight for justice against enormous odds, and a testimony to the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - alsocass - LibraryThing

I am not typically a fan of this genre. However I remembered being incredible affected by the movie. When I saw the book on my Nanna's bookcase coupled with a six hour drive, I decided to take it along. I really enjoyed the book. I even caught myself crying at times. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - AngieMargi - LibraryThing

Moving family saga set in the outback. Jessica fought for her independence from her family, especially her mother, with a degree of success. I enjoyed with book a good holiday read. Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

26 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa but has spent the greater part of his adult life in Australia. THE POWER OF ONE and its sequel TANDIA were international bestsellers. He lives in Sydney.

Bibliographic information