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From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany. Tom's English name proves sufficient for him to be ostracised, marking him as an outsider. And so begin some of life's tougher lessons for the small, lonely boy. Like the whitethorn, one of Africa's most enduring plants, Tom learns how to survive in the harsh climate of racial hatred. Then a terrible event sends him on a journey to ensure that justice is done. On the way, his most unexpected discovery is love.
©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd
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By Geoff on 01-31-10

another masterpiece with a slight issue

Having listened to all available books by Bryce, this is the first time I have had a slight issue. Before that the good stuff....As usual Mr Bower is superb in the delivery of this novel and the novel itself is another masterpiece.

I did find however that there was a little to much of Peekay in this book, and in fact great tracts of it could have been in Power of One.

This still will not stop me from checking every month for the next BC/HB journey to download.

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By Melinda on 08-19-13

Recycled 'Power of One'

What made the experience of listening to Whitethorn the most enjoyable?

I've enjoyed several of Courtenay's books with Humphrey Bower narrating. While Bryce Courtenay is a great story teller, Humphrey Bower's talent puts the story over the top.

Would you recommend Whitethorn to your friends? Why or why not?

If you've read 'Power of One' this is almost an exact recycle of that story. Stick with 'Power of One' and you won't be disappointed.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Brad on 04-08-17


Another cracking story from BC and the most excellent narration by Humphrey Bower. It would be hard to find a better narrator!

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By Veronica Josephs on 03-20-17

Humphrey Bower is excellent at narrating!

I had looked at this book a few times, but decided to give it a miss.
So glad I finally bought it!
I love the research that goes into Bryce's books. He really helps you 'see' into the worlds he creates. This book will go into my Must Listen To Again library.

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