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Why we love it: Congo Dawn is an emotionally powerful and richly evocative novel from one of Australia’s best-loved writers. African-born Katherine Scholes transports us from 1960s Melbourne to the jungles of Africa in this epic story of one young woman’s adventure-filled quest to find her true heritage.

Anna Emerson is a 21-year-old secretary, fresh from jilting her fiancé, when life takes a dramatic twist. A stranger approaches her on a Melbourne street and summons Anna to her estranged father’s deathbed in the land of her birth, the war-torn Congo. Against her mother’s anguished pleas to stay in Australia and despite the dangers, Anna determines to uncover the mystery surrounding her early years. On arrival in the Congo she meets a wealthy and beautiful older woman Eliza and quickly discovers that the country – and her father – are in a much worse state than she imagined. The Congo might be fresh from independence from its cruel Belgian masters, but it’s still being ravaged and plundered, as communist and Western nations fight it out for domination of the resources-rich nation.

Over in neighbouring Tanzania, safari guide Dan Miller can’t resist the call to arms and ventures to his old country to head up a commando unit fighting the communist-backed rebels, the Simbas. As Dan, a broken man with a keen intelligence and a compassion that belies his status as commando leader, returns to the Congo, any illusion or ideals about fighting a worthy cause are quashed as he and his mercenaries encounter chaos and destruction in a country increasingly out-of-control.

As Anna finds herself marooned on a Christian mission with the rebels closing in, her life is soon in grave danger. In this country, where the fetid jungle eats everything in its path, she realises that life can’t be measured in ways she was used to in Melbourne. Atrocities have been committed against the ordinary Congolese for years by their Belgian colonisers; now many want revenge, and even well-meaning Christian missionaries working on leper colonies are not immune.  Scholes skilfully portrays her characters’ dilemmas in the face of these problems and the lives of Anna, Dan, and Eliza eventually converge in a compelling and poignant story of love and redemption.

Congo Dawn is an utterly compelling and absorbing read, with characters that you fall for and feel for. The breadth of the story, as we’re drawn into the heart of the Congolese jungle, is sweeping while Scholes’ vivid prose and in-depth knowledge of the problems faced by this rich-yet-poor, post-colonial nation convey the reader to another world entirely. Through the emotional stories of her characters, she brilliantly interweaves the intensely personally against the backdrop of a nation’s ongoing tragedy and terrible political turmoil. It’s a heartrending reminder that when ideologies go to war it’s the ordinary people who suffer most and even the well-intentioned can be misled or find themselves on the wrong side.

This is a book where the the tension builds steadily from the outset leading to an intensely powerful conclusion. Congo Dawn is one to savour, a wonderful holiday read or one to cosy up with as the autumn days get shorter.

Katherine Scholes is the author of international bestsellers including The Rain Queen, Make Me An Idol, The Stone Angel, The Hunter’s Wife, The Lioness and The Perfect Wife. She is hugely popular in Europe where she has sold over two million books. Her novel The Blue Chameleon won a New South Wales State Literary Award and The Stone Angel was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Awards. Katherine was born in Tanzania, the daughter of a missionary doctor and an artist. When she was ten the family left Tanzania, going first to England, then migrating to Australia. She now lives in Tasmania and makes regular trips back to Africa where many of her books are set.

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    Synopsis

    You can’t go back and change the past. All you have left is the future. Melbourne secretary Anna Emerson's life is turned upside down when a stranger hands her a plane ticket to the Congo. The newly independent country is in turmoil, Simba rebels are on the move – but the invitation holds a precious clue to the whereabouts of her estranged father.Dan Miller signs up as a mercenary commando to fight the Communist uprising. He supports the cause, but that's not really why he's there. A devastating tragedy has taken all meaning from his life, and he's got nothing left to lose.In the Congo, Dan's belief in the war begins to crumble. Anna heads deeper into danger as she travels from a grand colonial mansion to an abandoned hotel on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, to a leprosy mission in the jungle and beyond. Their two paths collide through circumstances more extraordinary than fate.Inspired by real events, Congo Dawn combines epic drama with an intimate journey into the heart of a fractured family, as two characters, in search of people they lost, at last find a way to come home. It is a landmark novel about good and evil, and the inexhaustible power of love.

    'Katherine Scholes is one of those rare writers who connects Australia to Africa in creative fiction. This is, in the best sense, a big, lusty novel. But it exceeds most such novels in sensitivity and imagination, in potent narrative and artistic terms.' - Tom Keneally

    About the author
    Katherine Scholes is the author of international bestsellers including The Rain Queen, Make Me An Idol, The Stone Angel, The Hunter’s Wife, The Lioness and The Perfect Wife. She is particularly popular in Europe where she has sold over two million books. 
     
    Her novel The Blue Chameleon won a New South Wales State Literary Award and The Stone Angel was longlisted in the International Dublin Literary Awards. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and includes children’s titles as well as novels for adults. She has also worked as a documentary filmmaker.
     
    Katherine was born in Tanzania, the daughter of a missionary doctor and an artist. She has fond memories of going on safaris to remote areas where her father operated a clinic from his Land Rover. When she was ten the family left Tanzania, going first to England, then migrating to Australia. She now lives in Tasmania but makes regular trips back to Africa where many of her books are set.
    Katherine Scholes
    About the author

    Katherine Scholes

    Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, East Africa, the daughter of a missionary doctor and an artist. She has fond memories of travelling with her parents and three siblings on long safaris to remote areas where her father operated a clinic from his Land Rover. When she was ten, the family left Tanzania, moving first to England and then settling permanently in Tasmania. As an adult, Katherine moved to Melbourne with her film-maker husband. The two worked together for many years, writing books and making films. They have now returned to Tasmania, where they live on the edge of the sea with their two sons. Katherine is the author of four international bestsellers: The Rain Queen, Make Me An Idol, The Stone Angel, The Hunter's Wife andThe Lioness.

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