• April Fool's Day

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-22-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (336 ratings)

Regular price: $34.97

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Publisher's Summary

This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. 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. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think. From the author of The Power of One.
©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"April Fool's Day is one of those rare, wholly beautiful books that lets life speak for itself." (The Australian)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 12-03-07

This is A Love Story

The love between a father and his son is dominate. We are also treated to the private Bryce Courtenay, that shows him to very real with all the emotions. I enjoyed being in on their raising 3 boys. There were quite a few moments of levity thru out most of this narrative.
I do hope that you will not pass on this true story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By S on 09-12-07

A very Personal Work

People with current experience in the treatment of HIV/AIDS or Hemophilia may find this book very frustrating. It represents a personal journey through what was at the time a very uncharted territory! Courtenay does not try to paint a rosy picture - it is a story of his son's journey from birth to death with a lot of "glitches" along the way because of everyone's unfamiliarity with the nature of the AIDS virus.

It is, nevertheless, an amazing story of life and love. If you can grit your teeth through the bureaucratic nightmare, you will recognize the journey of a very remarkable young man and the people who loved and supported him.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr on 04-01-08

Moving

I can't describe how good this book is. I was a mess by the end of it! Everyone should read this book. It is both moving and uplifting at the same time. The majority of us will be involved of caring for someone with a terminal illness at some point in our lives and thankfully the specialty of Palliative Medicine has come on on in leaps and bounds since this family endured this ordeal. This book captures perfectly the emotions, hopes, and fears of people in this position and I think it should be a compulsory text for all doctors and nurses in training.

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5 out of 5 stars
By pen on 06-02-18

wow an amazing emotional journey

a heart wrenching account from a brave loving family. I'm sure the subject would be very proud. wonderful to read, as a very different Bryce Courtenay book. it won't disappoint fans which have loved his other work, and for those that read this first, your next Bryce Courtenay must be 'power of one' and many more of his books after!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Renee on 10-01-16

Amazing true story

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Carmen on 03-11-18

another brilliant tale l

terribly sad but heartfelt and a great story written very personally from the Dad angle.

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