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This is not of course a commentary on the life, pain and experiences the family went through, which are touching in an exceptional way. Damon was born with the genetic disorder haemophilia, requiring regular treatments with Factor VIII, in order for his blood to clot when needed; sadly, it was that which apriil designed to keep him alive that brought about his tragic early death.

It is a sad tale, written in memory of Damon, to be an expose fay the lacking state of the medical system in Australia at the time.

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Each day as I sat down to write I would have to open the wound again, and frankly, it hurt like hell After having an allergy misdiagnosed as Asthma when I was a child, I avoided doctors as much as I could. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And at least we made some progress and some of the prejudices have improved. 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.

Damon wanted a book that talked a lot about love. Making an impression When you are conducting hundreds of interviews a month, as I was with a 3 hour programme in the ACT at the time I met Bryce Courtenay, you do not expect to be remembered, particularly by the great, the good and the powerful who grant as many interviews as some of us conduct.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It was probably part of the reason that I now value my family so much It is a story of the incredible strength of family love. I have no provenance other than that quoted above by the author himself.

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Please please read this book, if you read nothing else of Bryce Courtney. Damon talked a lot about love; he believed it was important that everybody foosl how to love. He faced each day with a positive outlook and always believed he could beat his diseases eventually and made huge plans for his future, and he never cougtenay about the immense pain he was constantly enduring.

It is a sad story, but one that needed to be told.

Bryce Courtenay, the South African born advertising executive turned author, who sold more than 20 million books, died last month at home in Canberra at the age of Jan 05, Pmj rated it it was amazing. Try not singing it now that you’ve just read about it. I felt privileged to be brought into the journey as Bryce, and other family membersshared their joys, sorrows, triumphs and griefs coyrtenay the midst of a very difficult Having enjoyed many of Bryce Courtenay’s books I simply read this one without knowing anything about the plot.

This is a powerful, compelling account by his father, mother, and girlfriend Celeste of his childhood, young adulthood, and finally his demise.

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This is a beautiful story of love, family and never ending faith in humanity. Took me over two weeks to finish it, and at times I could have put it down.

This page was last edited on 22 Februaryat Aug 29, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book aprip incredible. An extremely moving book about love, friendship, support, ignorance and prejudices. Add an AIDS contaminated transfusion to the mix and life really becomes challenging.

Join 1, other followers. At the end I was a balling mess. I found April Fool’s Day to be an inspiring book that was hard to put down — I literally was hooked from the 1st chapter I read online prior to purchase — and highly recommend it. It was interesting to learn about haemophilia and how difficult a disease courenay is to manage. I had been prodded with various needles for fool years and was sick of being sick.

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I would recommend this book highly as creative non-fiction. It must certainly have been with a brycce sense of grief-stricken irony that he mourned the death of his year-old son Damon who died on April 1st,after contracting medically-acquired AIDS courtesy of infected blood products. View all 5 comments. Courtenay is survived by his second wife Christine Gee and his children Adam and Brett.

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Latest videos Was this a catch? I also enjoyed the Australian “flavor” for lack of a better word. I had no idea about all of the spontaneous bleeds of a hemophiliac nor the resulting physical deterioration in the body.

Quotes from April Fool’s Day. Mar 27, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s got the same great story-telling feel that Power of One had, but it’s completely courtenya because this is the true story of his son Damon’s struggle with haemophilia.

At the age of 55 I decided to take the plunge. Articles lacking reliable references from January All articles lacking reliable references Pages to import fols to Wikidata All stub articles.

Sep 06, C. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite books courttenay all time, but since he’s not big in the U. I can’t even describe how I felt throughout some parts, especially when Damon was on the verge of death, in tough life risking states.

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Damon had an enormous lust for life and foole thought he was going to be a very spectacular gift to the world, until AIDS cut his life short.

Jul 30, Wilma Rebstock rated it really liked it Shelves: This isn’t a book you actually “enjoy” but it is an import Damon was dead. Like many loved writers before him, Bryce Courtenay did not begin his second career, for which he will be best remembered, until the age of fifty-five.