Save the Date
Dymocks Hobart and Katherine Scholes warmly invite you to the launch of her new book Congo Dawn.
Introduction by ABC Local Radio Manager, Jocelyn Nettlefold. Light refreshments provided
‘She was not making a decision, she told herself. She was just going to seek more information. But as she crossed to the phone, her legs felt weak. When she dialled the number of the detective’s hotel, her heart was pounding. The first step, she knew, would lead to another. And there was no way of knowing where she would end up.’
From the internationally celebrated author Katherine Scholes comes a heart-stopping novel of compelling action and moving emotional drama. Inspired by real events and set in the exotic but dangerous world of 1960s Congo, it is a panoramic story of the inexhaustible power of love.
Melbourne secretary Anna Emerson’s life is turned upside down when a private investigator hands her a plane ticket to the Congo - an unforseen opportunity to return to her birthplace and reconnect with her estranged father. But the newly independent country is in turmoil, and the Simba rebels are on the move.
Meanwhile, Dan Miller signs up as a mercenery commando to fight the communist uprising. A devastating tragedy has taken all meaning from his life, and he’s got nothing left to lose.
As Dan’s belief in the war begins to fade, Anna heads closer to danger. She travels from an abandoned hotel on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, to a leprosy mission in the jungle and beyond, until their two paths collide through circumstances more extraordinary than fate.
Expertly woven and meticulously researched, this unforgettable story of a fractured family draws you into both the breathtaking beauty and bloody violence of the Congo. It is a landmark book that Katherine Scholes was destined to write.