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Courtenay announces he is terminally ill, next book to be his last

Bestselling author Bryce Courtenay has announced that he has been diagnosed with terminal gastric cancer.

Courtenay said on his Facebook page that he is ‘expected to have only some months to share with my adorable wife, Christine’.

The author said that his forthcoming novel Jack of Diamonds, to be published by Penguin in November, would be his last.

Courtenay said he was currently feeling well and was ‘keeping busy gardening, and writing a collection of short stories, as well as being with our beloved pets’.

The author is 79 years old.

 

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