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Bower, Humphrey

Works: 300 works in 1,108 publications in 1 language and 9,971 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Children's audiobooks  History  Biography  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Fantasy fiction  Historical fiction  Young adult works 
Roles: Narrator, Author, Actor, Other
Classifications: PR9619.3.C36, FIC
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Humphrey Bower
Most widely held works by Humphrey Bower
Parrot & Olivier in America : [a novel] by Peter Carey( Recording )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 652 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 )

43 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 453 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. Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts( Recording )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees 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 )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 390 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
Foundling by D. M Cornish( Recording )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 363 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
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett( Recording )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 178 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. Dark and tender, Surrender is a brilliantly told suspense novel
Factotum by D. M Cornish( )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 177 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
Smoky Joe's Cafe by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 176 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 man who knew infinity : a life of the genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel( )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1913, a young, unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G.H. Hardy, begging the pre-eminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. The letter revealed the mind of a mathematical genius and led to one of the most remarkable collaborations of the twentieth century
Gould's book of fish : [a novel in twelve fish] by Richard Flanagan( Recording )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel is a meditation on colonialism--indeed, on history itself--couched in the story of an English guttersnipe, William Gould, who is sent to a penal colony in Tasmania in the eighteen-twenties
The potato factory by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 158 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
The turning by Tim Winton( Recording )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 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
Tandia by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 158 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
Lamplighter by D. M Cornish( Recording )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Rosamund starts his life as a lamplighter on the Wormway, he continues his fight against monsters, making friends and enemies along the way, but questions about his origins continue to plague him
Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 155 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
Jack of diamonds by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 151 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. After being taken under the wing of 'Miss Frostbite', the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings him to the attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind him. It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in love with Africa-- and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a supermodel. In a dramatic twist, the story returns to Africa-- and to a fortune in diamonds. 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
April Fool's Day by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon. A tragic yet uplifting story. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humour. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love - how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. April Fool's Day will change the way you think
The butterfly man by Heather Rose( Recording )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 134 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?
Solomon's song by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of two families - branches of the Solomons - transported to an alien land, both of whom eventually grow rich and powerful but who, through three generations, never for one moment relinquish their hatred for each other. It is also the story of our country from the beginning until we came of age as a nation. I have learned a great deal about Australia and those things which concern us as a people and make us, in many ways, who we are today
The persimmon tree by Bryce Courtenay( Recording )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 134 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
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The power of oneShantaramThe little princeFoundlingSurrenderFactotumSmoky Joe's CafeThe man who knew infinity : a life of the genius Ramanujan