Born in Johannesburg, Bryce spent his childhood in a small village in the Lebombo Mountains in the Limpopo province.
He attended the King Edward VII School. In 1955, while studying journalism in London, Courtenay met his future wife, Benita Solomon, and they emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1958.
Bryce entered the advertising industry and, over a career spanning 34 years, was the Creative Director of McCann Erickson, J. Walter Thompson and George Patterson Advertising.
His award-winning campaigns included Louie the Fly, the original Milkybar Kid commercial and the Australian Labor Party’s 1972 election campaign, It’s Time.Along with Geoff Pike, Bryce invented the Cadbury Yowie, a chocolate that contained a children’s toy, typically an Australian or New Zealand native animal.
One of Australia’s most commercially successful authors, Bryce’s books are primarily set in Australia or South Africa.
However, only the Power of One has been published in the United States. The book has been made into a film, as well as released in an edition for children.