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2 items from 2012

Best-Selling Author Dead At 79

22 November 2012 11:17 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Canberra, Australia — Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay, whose first and final books drew on his tough early-life experiences in Africa, has died of stomach cancer. He was 79.

He started writing in midlife and called his first novels "practice books," but his debut was a success. "The Power of One" was published in 1989, translated into 12 languages and became a hit movie.

His publisher Penguin Group said Friday that Courtenay died at his family home in the Australian capital Canberra late Thursday surrounded by his family and pets.

His 21st novel, "Jack of Diamonds," was published on Nov. 12 and included a moving epilogue to his readers.

"It's been a privilege to write for you and to have you accept me as a storyteller in your lives," he wrote.

"Now, as my story draws to an end, may I say only, `Thank you. You have been simply wonderful,'" he added.

Courtenay was »

- AP

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New doco series filming chef Mark Olive in Australia

5 February 2012 6:30 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Indigenous Australian chef Mark Olive, aka .The Black Olive., will appear in an episode of the German 360° . Geo Reportage documentary series.

The series, which screens on Europe.s leading cultural TV channel, Arte, is currently being filmed in Australia. It explores the lives of everyday heroes around the world.

On the show, Olive will introduce European viewers to the native Australian meats, herbs and spices that make his cuisine unique, showing viewers where these ingredients are found in Australia. Filming is due to take place in a range of locations across Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

With 25 years of experience, Olive.s passion for Australian ingredients was showcased in his Outback Café cookbook. His take on Australian cuisine has earned Olive an international reputation, with two seasons of his cooking show, Mark Olive.s Outback Café, airing internationally in over a dozen countries.

He now runs Black Olive Catering in Melbourne, »

- Fay Al-Janabi

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