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First with your head and then with your heart . . .

So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world. For the young Peekay, its a piece of advice he will carry with him throughout his life.

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.


The ultimate international bestseller.

New York Times

Bryce Courtenay's first novel is a triumph.

Sunday Times (UK)

The story will not disappoint the thinking blockbuster fan.

The Age

That rare phenomenon, a novel actually as good as it is cracked up to be ... A charming and engrossing first novel.

Canberra Times

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  • Paperback


    June 5, 2006


    640 pages

    RRP $30.00

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    June 5, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    636 pages

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