Better Reading: Book of the Week
Congo Dawn by Katherine Scholes
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 quest to find her heritage.
Twenty-one-year-old secretary Anna Emerson is fresh from jilting her fiancé when her life is turned up side down. 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 wishes and despite the dangers, Anna determines to uncover the mystery surrounding her early years . . .
Congo Dawn is an immersive and action-packed read. With her vivid prose and in-depth knowledge of the problems faced by this rich-yet-poor, post-colonial nation, Scholes conveys the reader to another world entirely. Through the emotional stories of her characters, she skilfully interweaves the intensely personally against the backdrop of terrible political turbulence.
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 be misled or find themselves on the wrong side.
One Italian Summer by Pip Williams
One Italian Summer is Pip William's heartfelt memoir, required reading for anyone who has ever wondered if the grass was greener over the hill. Struggling in a job that she wasn't passionate about down in Adelaide, along with her husband and two children, Pip makes a sudden decision: she moves to Italy, seeking the good life.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English
Charlie English pulls the threads of the past and the present, colonial forces and modern extremism, to create a compelling story of a city that has been both the object of Western fascination, and very little understood.
This is essential reading!
Troubadour by Isolde Martyn
Isolde Martyn's new book Troubadour proves one thing: women have been strong and fierce forever. In the tradition of Philippa Gregory, Troubadour follows Adela in 1208, the time of the Crusades. The book is compelling, dramatic, and suspenseful, with a healthy dose of romance to keep readers engaged.
Letters of Love from Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Letters of Love is a not-to-be-missed collection of inspiring words from the heart penned by prominent Australians. It includes letters from prominent Australians, such as Jimmy Barnes, award-winning author Emily Bitto, cartoonist First Dog on the Moon, and Greens politician Bob Brown.
Better Reading Podcast with Holly Throsby
Exciting news: we have officially launched the Better Reading Podcast! Check out our latest conversation with Holly Throsby, Australian songwriter and debut author, who shed light on everything to do with music, writing, and life.
Better Reading Book Club is Tonight!
At 8pm AEST tonight (Wednesday 26 April) we will be discussing JP Delaney's psychological thriller The Girl Before. It will stream via Facebook Live and the author will be answering your questions in the comments section!
Aquatica by Lance Balchin
Aquatica is a beautiful cautionary fable about what may come if we don’t change our habits now, and so it’s perfect for the next generation of children. The art will entice, the story will enthral, and Aquatica will leave you breathlessly ready to defend our earth as we move further into the twenty first century.
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