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Bower, Humphrey

Works: 220 works in 773 publications in 1 language and 9,883 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Psychological fiction  Biography  Fantasy fiction  Short stories  Adventure stories  Domestic fiction  Young adult works 
Roles: Narrator, Other
Classifications: PZ7.C816368, 823.914
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Most widely held works by Humphrey Bower
Parrot & Olivier in America [a novel] by Peter Carey ( Recording )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Olivier, the son of penniless aristocrats who barely escaped the violence of the French Revolution, sets sail to America to avoid confrontation with his enemies. Meanwhile, Parrot, a young Englishman, also leaves for America. Over the course of their adventures, their fates are inevitably entwined through their mutual acquaintance with a one-armed marquis
The power of one by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
32 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A novel about a small boy's triumph over cruelty and loneliness to become a famous boxer. Set in the turbulent 1940's in Southern Africa, it is an epic of survival in the best of dramatic traditions
Foundling by D. M Cornish ( Recording )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. Includes glossaries and maps
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts ( Recording )
24 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees a maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay, a hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, actors and exiles. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher, and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets
The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ( Recording )
10 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. 'Please,' asks the stranger, 'draw me a sheep.' And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper-- And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers"--Container
Factotum by D. M Cornish ( )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Accused of being a monster instead of human, Rossamünd Bookchild looks to monster-hunter Branden Rose for help, but powerful forces are after them both, believing that Rossamünd holds the secret to perpetual youth
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett ( Recording )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years that have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small town and distant parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends - his dog Surrender, and the unruly wild boy Finnigan, with whom he made a boyhood pact. When a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realises how unpredictable and dangerous Finnigan is. Events begin to spiral out of control, and it becomes clear that only the most extreme of measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good
Gould's book of fish [a novel in twelve fish] by Richard Flanagan ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a convict in Van Dieman's Land who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer, forger, fantasist, condemned to live in the most brutal penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, miraculous things happened
Lamplighter by D. M Cornish ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Half-Continent is becoming even more unsafe - monster attacks are on the rise, and every far-flung village or town is calling for help to fight them. Into this dangerous landscape the lamplighters must venture daily, keeping the roads safely lit for travellers. It is not a job for the faint-hearted, and every week there are reports of new theroscades. Foundling Rossamnd Bookchild, sworn into the Emperor's Service as a prentice lamplighter, is finding his training at Winstermill Fortress difficult and lonely. His life is further complicated by the arrival of a young wit, determined to spite her famous mother by becoming a lowly lantern-stick. As Rossamnd begins to make new friends in this sinister world, he also seems to make more enemies, finding himself pushed towards a terrible destiny, a fate beyond anything he could ever have imagined
Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
15 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Brother Fish is an Australian saga spanning eighty years and four continents. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life. Jack McKenzie is a harmonica player, soldier, dreamer and small-time professional fisherman from a tiny island in Bass Strait. Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan is a strong-willed woman hiding from an ambiguous past in Shanghai. Larger than life, Private Jimmy Oldcorn was once a street kid and leader of a New York gang. Together, they reap a vast and not always legitimate fortune from the sea
The turning by Tim Winton ( Recording )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the 1980s Tim Winton made his mark with tough, spare stories about youth and promise, of early parenthood and the challenges of loyalty. Now, almost twenty years since his last collection, he returns to the form with seventeen overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia. Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves. Beautifully crafted, and as tender as they are confronting, these elegiac stories examine the darkness and frailty of ordinary people and celebrate the moments when the light shines through
Smoky Joe's Cafe by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thommo and his 11 angry men who are all Vietnam war veterans, out for revenge. They rope in an ex-Viet Cong with 'special skills' and his own secret agenda. They're the 'Dirty Dozen', just like the movie. Only it's real life, and they're so screwed up they couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag. That is, until a woman of character steps in. Wendy's infant daughter is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant. Hell hath no fury ... as she sets out to mould this bunch of ex-jungle fighters into a unit that will for justice, by fair means or foul
The butterfly man by Heather Rose ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On 7th November, 1974 a young English nanny named Sandra Rivett was murdered in London's West End. Her employer, Lord Lucan, was named as her attacker. It was widely assumed he had mistaken her for his wife. Lord Lucan disappeared the night Sandra Rivett died and has never been seen since. Henry Kennedy lives on a mountain on the other side of the world. He is not who he says he is. Is he a murderer or a man who can never clear his name?
The potato factory by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ikey Solomon's favourite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land. In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster
Tandia by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalised by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives. A compelling story of good and evil from Australia's most popular storyteller, Bryce Courtenay
April Fool's Day by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
12 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon. Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool's Day. In this tribute to his son, Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man's life. Damon's story is one of life-long struggle, his love for Celeste, the compassion of family, and a fight to the end for integrity
The persimmon tree by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set among the Pacific islands and in the Indian Ocean, this novel tells the very personal and often romantic stories of men and women caught up in larger events -- in this case starting with the Japanese invasion of Java and the Dutch exodus of the region
The family frying pan by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mrs Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it's The family frying pan, blessed with a Russian soul. From this frying pan Mrs Moses manages to feed the various refugees who are travelling with her across Russia to freedom. In return, each of the group must tell a story around the campfire at night, stories of compassion and bravery, of human frailty and, above all, of hope
Jack of diamonds by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. But when he is given a harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will change his life forever. Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world
Jessica by Bryce Courtenay ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jessica is based in the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob. Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, the story is heartbreaking in its innocence and shattering in its brutality
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