Searching for a book I read as a teen? About an Afrikaans boy who boxed?

(7 Posts)
Swifey Tue 22-Nov-16 11:13:42

Does it ring any bells? I thought it was called 'The Power of Love' but I can't seem to find it. confused

ImNotShpanishImEgyptshun Tue 22-Nov-16 11:14:56

The film was called "The power of one", not sure if the book was the same

Swifey Tue 22-Nov-16 11:27:39

I thought I was right, thanks. It's probably out of print sad

HanarCantWearSweaters Tue 22-Nov-16 11:28:41

Penguin classics still does it I believe. smile

Swifey Tue 22-Nov-16 11:29:28

Found it!! By Bryce Courtney! I just had to add boxing to the search criteria! blush

Hastalapasta Tue 22-Nov-16 11:30:29

Abe books abebooks.co.uk is a great umbrella site for book shops. Worth a look.

LondonHuffyPuffy Tue 22-Nov-16 11:37:05

The Power of One is one of my all-time favourite books. It's available on Amazon. The sequel, Thandia, is also excellent although both are proper tear jerkers.

Small point of fact - Peekay (main character) was English, not a Boere (Afrikaans speaking). That was why he was so relentlessly bullied.

Whitethorn by the same author has similar themes (young boy growing up in brutal boarding school) but with a more uplifting ending.

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